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Award Winning Ori Titles Available as Physical Editions for Switch on Dec. 8th, 2020

That's the Ori and we're sticking to it

iam8bit, together with Moon Studios and Xbox Game Studios, and with distribution by Skybound Games, will release the physical editions of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps for Nintendo Switch on December 8, 2020. Both physical editions will retail for $39.99 / €39.99 and are available for pre-order at retailers around the globe starting today. This announcement comes on the heels of the September 17th global launch of Ori and the Will of the Wisps on the Nintendo eShop.

The physical editions of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps will feature six collectible art cards and digital downloads of the game’s respective soundtrack, composed by Gareth Coker.

“We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Moon Studios and Xbox Game Studios to bring fans even more premium content for such a beloved series,” said Jon Gibson and Amanda White, co-owners of iam8bit. “Both Ori and The Blind Forest and Ori and The Will of the Wisps are both known as emotionally charged games, and we couldn’t be happier to commemorate their most memorable moments through these special physical edition releases.”

Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps both run at a silky-smooth 60 frames per second on Nintendo Switch, while allowing new players and longtime series fans to experience the game on the go thanks to the Switch’s portable nature.

iam8bit will also release three signature Ori Collector’s Editions for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows 10, which will be available for $149.99 starting December 8. For a closer look at the premium editions and to pre-order, please visit ori.iam8bit.com.

ABOUT THE ORI SERIES

Developed by Moon Studios, Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are beautiful hand-drawn adventures about a young spirit destined for heroics, featuring tightly crafted platforming action and deeply emotional storytelling.

Originally released in March 2015, Ori and the Blind Forest launched to critical acclaim, garnering over 50 awards and nominations, including Best Art Direction from The Game Awards, the BAFTA Games Award for Artistic Achievement, DICE Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Original Composition, Art Direction and Animation.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps launched in March 2020 with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One, Windows PC and Steam, and was met with similar praise. Dubbed a Metacritic Must-Play title, the title received overwhelmingly positive reviews from media and fans alike, with GamesRadar+ calling it “one of the best platformers ever made, and ... an easy front-runner for game of the year.”

Previously only available physically on Xbox One, iam8bit and Moon Studios have partnered with Skybound Games to distribute physical editions for both titles on Nintendo Switch. This launch will also include a special Collector’s Edition only available on iam8bit.com that includes both titles, a premium display box, collectible art cards from the series, complete soundtracks from both titles and much more.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Ori and the Will of the Wisps look set for standalone physical releases on Dec. 8th, 2020

Grab one, or grab both!

We already knew that both Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Ori and the Will of the Wisps were getting standalone physical releases, but we weren't sure when. While we still don't have an official public statement, Gamefly seems to know what's up.

Gamefly's website, which is absolutely stellar when it comes to this kind of information, shows both games as launching on Dec. 8th, 2020. That means those who don't want to cough up $150 for the Collector's Edition to get both games will be able to snag them individually in the not-too-distant future.

Thanks to Sephiroth_FF for the heads up!

Standard physical releases for Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Ori and the Will of the Wisps coming this year

Something to look forward to

If you want to get physical versions of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the only way to do so right now is in a Collector's Edition bundle that's priced at $150. If that's a bit too pricey for you, or you just want one of those two games, you'll be in luck later this year.

The official Ori Twitter account confirmed that standard physical releases for both Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are on the way. They'll be out later this year, but no specific timing was given. We also don't know which retailers will be stocking these titles, so we'll just have to hang tight.

Ori and the Blind Forest's composer says experimentation and play-testing were key to finding the right sound

Making beautiful music together

Ori and the Blind Forest is an absolutely gorgeous game, and it has a beautiful soundtrack to match. Ever wonder how that music came together? Gamasutra spoke to composer Gareth Coker to find out.

Moon Studios has a highly iterative approach that requires a lot of experimentation, and inevitably failure. Failure is encouraged at the studio because it’s always part of finding the best solution. I’ve often found it helpful when it comes to music to figure out what isn’t wanted so it can be removed entirely from the plethora of choices a composer has to sift through when writing. A phrase that often comes up is ‘show, don’t tell.’ It’s easier to figure out if something works or not if it’s actually tangible and can be shown, rather than pontificating in words or not whether it’s any good.

The studio also strongly encourages the entire team to test the game as much as possible whether you’re an employee or a contractor. As far as I’m concerned this is an extremely important part of my job. Time must be spent playing the game and my focus isn’t as much finding bugs, but it’s general big-picture things like overall flow and pacing, things that deeply affect music and the player’s experience over the longer term. I think there can sometimes be a dangerous tendency to score games in chunks without thinking about the overall experience. I’m looking to tie all that together so it’s more cohesive.

If you'd like to check out the interview in full, you can find part 1 here and part 2 here.

Ori and the Blind Forest 2xLP (2020 re-issue) available from iam8bit

Your second chance to grab this vinyl release

When Ori and the Blind Forest was first released in 2015, we had a good cry. Developer Moon Studios’ masterpiece of friendship, adventure and ephemeral glows struck an emotional chord in a uniquely universal way. On the eve of its 5th anniversary and the arrival of its predecessor, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, iam8bit is proud to present this brand new vinyl edition featuring beautiful album art by the incomparable Nicole Gustafsson. Composer Gareth Coker’s striking soundtrack reminds us just how magical an audio experience can be, especially when immortalized on wax. Listener beware, though — each note still tugs on the very same heartstrings as before.

Ori, Lost In The Storm
Naru, Embracing The Light
Calling Out
The Blinded Forest
Inspiriting
First Steps Into Sunken Glades
Finding Sein
Up The Spirit Caverns Walls
The Spirit Tree
Kuro's Tale I - Her Rage
Thornfelt Swamp
Down The Moon Grotto
The Ancestral Trees
Gumo's Hideout
Breaking Through The Trap
Climbing The Ginso Tree
Restoring The Light, Facing The Dark
The Waters Cleansed
Lost In The Misty Woods
Home Of The Gumon
Escaping The Ruins
Kuro's Tale II - Her Pain
Riding The Wind
Completing The Circle
Approaching The End
Mount Horu
Conundrum
The Crumbling Path
Racing The Lava
Fleeing Kuro
The Sacrifice
Light Of Nibel

- 2xLP 180-gram Black Audiophile Vinyl
- Foil Embellished Wide Spine Jacket
- Includes Full Digital Download, plus 29-track Definitive Edition including previously unreleased tracks
- Music by Gareth Coker
- Album Art by Nicole Gustafsson

Grab your copy here for $40

Ori and the Blind Forest "did well" on Switch, dev team has nothing to announce about Ori and the Will of the Wisps coming to Switch

Let's hope it happens at some point

There was a rumor of Ori and the Blind Forest coming to the Switch for a long, long time, and it eventually came true. Microsoft worked with Moon Studios to make the port happen, and it sounds like it was worth the effort. In an interview with USGamer, Moon Studios' Daniel Smith said the Switch port "did well," and also offered up these comments.

"I think one of the big things for us is that everybody worked so hard on Blind Forest that we wanted as many people as possible to experience what we created. I think it's exciting to just grow the family. Diehard gamers might have every console, and some gamers might only have one, so I thought it was a nice addition to add to a different pool of gamers who could enjoy the content we created."

The original game came over and its found an audience. That would make the sequel a lock, right? Moon Studios isn't ready to say anything just yet.

"We're Switch fans and I love Nintendo Switch, but we don't have anything to announce right now."

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition - Switch Vs. Xbox One comparison

Which looks best?

This is one of the few comparisons between systems where the Switch could actually come out on top! As we've mentioned in the past, the dev team behind Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition said that the Swtich version actually has some improved animations and smoother gameplay overall. Can you spot it in this Xbox One Vs. Switch comparison?

Experience an imaginative world in Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Microsoft's latest is now available

The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics. This action platformer features hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score, and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition. “Ori and the Blind Forest” explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.

Microsoft releases a FAQ for Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, details demo progress transfer, digital-only launch, & more

Don't go in blind

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition comes to Switch tomorrow. You might have a few questions about this version of the game, and Microsoft is more than happy to answer. They've put together an official FAQ on the game, which covers a number of different topics. Check out the full FAQ below.

What type of game is Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition?

The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel. Winner of several prestigious awards, Ori and the Blind Forest tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning Action-Platformer crafted by Moon Studios. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score, and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition, Ori and the Blind Forest explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.

What’s the difference between the original Ori and the Blind Forest and the Definitive Edition?

After shipping the original game, we listened to our fans’ suggestions and added some exciting new features to improve the experience. This is what you’ll find in the “Definitive Edition”:

Additional content: New areas, new secrets, new abilities, more story sequences, multiple difficulty modes, full backtracking support, and much more!
Discover Naru’s past in two brand-new environments.
Master two powerful new abilities: Dash and Light Burst.
Try a variety of difficulty modes, from Easy to One Life for those Ori masters out there.
Find new secret areas and explore Nibel faster by teleporting between Spirit Wells.
Check out Theater Mode for behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Moon Studios.

Is there any new content in the Nintendo Switch version?

The Nintendo Switch version is identical to the version on Xbox One and PC.

When did Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition launch on Nintendo Switch?

The full game launched on Nintendo Switch on September 27, 2019. Prior to that, a demo containing the prologue and first section of the game (approximately 30 minutes of gameplay) was released as a separate download on September 20, 2019.

If I play the Ori demo, will my progress transfer over to the full game?

Yes, as long as you complete the demo, and then own and open the full game on the same Nintendo account. Incomplete demo playthroughs will not transfer over, but progress towards achievements will.

Can I transfer saved games from my Xbox One or PC over to Nintendo Switch?

Unfortunately, that’s not possible at this time.

What should I do if I get stuck in a bad save state on my Nintendo Switch?

Ori and the Blind Forest always tracks your last 10 saves, so if you find yourself trapped and unable to progress further (for any reason), you can easily roll back to a previous save file. Simply return to “Start Game,” select your save, and then use the left stick to navigate up. Choose a previous save file and press “A” to load that backup save.

Are there any multiplayer features included with Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition?

Ori and the Blind Forest is a single-player adventure. There are no multiplayer features offered, either on the Nintendo Switch version or Xbox One or PC.

Why should I sign in to a Microsoft account on the Nintendo Switch start screen?

Signing in to your Microsoft account connects you to your Xbox Live account. This allows achievements earned on the Nintendo Switch to funnel back into your Xbox Live gamerscore. It also allows you to participate in leaderboard postings hosted by Microsoft services.

What is a Microsoft account and why do I need it for Nintendo Switch?

A Microsoft account is a free account you can use to sign in on a device. While it’s not required to play Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition on Nintendo Switch, it allows players to carry their achievement progress over to Xbox Live and participate in Ori’s leaderboards. You can create a free Microsoft account here.

How do I connect my Microsoft account to my Nintendo account?

First, ensure you have a free Microsoft account. Then, follow these steps:

Start Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition on your Nintendo Switch.
On the start screen, press “X” to sign in with a Microsoft account.
If this is your first time, a text box will appear with a link (https://www.microsoft.com/link) and a code.
Visit the link on a separate device with internet access. This will ask you for the code provided on your Nintendo Switch.
Enter the code in the Microsoft prompt.
After entering the code, you’ll be asked to sign in to the email connected to your Microsoft account.
This should link the Nintendo and Microsoft accounts. Moving forward, you should automatically sign in and no longer see the “Press X” prompt on the start screen.

Do I need to pay a subscription fee (like Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate) to play online?

Online subscription fees are determined by the platform you play on, so an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is not required for Nintendo Switch players. However, to get the most out of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, linking to a free Microsoft account is highly recommended.

Does the Nintendo Switch version support both handheld and TV modes?

Yes, it does.

Does the Nintendo Switch version support Joy-Con and Pro controllers?

Absolutely.

Are physical copies of the Nintendo Switch version available in retail stores?

At the moment, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is currently only available for digital purchase in the Nintendo eShop.

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