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Ori and the Will of the Wisps originally ran at 24fps on Switch, but Moon Studios "liked the challenge" of hitting 60fps

Ori and the will of the devs

Seeing Ori and the Will of the Wisps running at 60fps on Switch is truly impressive. Many didn't think Ori and the Blind Forest could squeeze out 60fps on Switch, but somehow it did. How in the world did Moon Studios pull off that feat again with the more technically-demanding sequel? It took a ton of hard work, not surprisingly.

In an interview with NPR, Gennadiy Korol, lead engineer at Moon Studios, talked about the challenge of getting the game up to snuff on Switch. Check out his comments below.

"We had a rock-solid frame-rate on the Xbox. We thought 'Awesome! We've invested all this time on the Xbox; now we can start the Switch port. So we run it and it starts at, like, 24 FPS. That was already after a few months of hard optimization [for the Xbox]," said Korol. "How can we push this to 60 [FPS]? When you're optimizing a game like this on a platform that is so weak, [and] you wanna get 60 [FPS], it's an 'all-or-nothing' approach. Some of us just like the challenge."

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Patch now available for Ori and the Will of the Wisps

What's the story, Ori?

While seeing Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Switch has been quite magical, there have been a handful of bugs and glitches hampering the experience. Moon Studios is out to fix those issues with today's patch. Check out full details on the update below.

Last month, we surprised everyone by fulfilling the number one community request since the launch of Ori and the Will of the Wisps: Bring it to the Switch! We heard you loud and clear and are so thankful for the support and love from the Ori community. Moon Studios have been hard at work improving your Ori experience on the Switch, and the update includes:

Stability fixes to address multiple memory crashes, a graphical crash, and a docked/undocked swap crash.
Spirit Trial leaderboards and ghosts updated to show your friends scores and routes.
Improved Spirit Trial framerate performance.
Fixed multiple instances of Ori falling out of world due to scene loading race conditions.
Curtailed internet popup warning when swapping from online to offline during gameplay.

Moon Studios says they have a lot of Nintendo fans on their team, and talk about the challenge of porting Ori titles to the platform

For the love of Nintendo

Moon Studios has brought both Ori games to the Switch, and in quite stellar fashion. Both games are really impressive technical achievements for the platform, running at 60fps and looking gorgeous while doing it. In an interview with Nintendo Life, members of the Moon Studios team talked about their passion for Nintendo, desire to bring Ori to Switch, and the challenges of the projects.

Daniel van Leeuwen, Lead Artist: A lot of people at Moon are big Nintendo fans and a game like Ori is just a perfect fit for the platform. Many of us were excited to play the game on our Switch so that definitely was a big motivational drive.

Gennadiy Korol, Co-Founder of Moon Studios and Lead Engineer: Being able to play a painting come to life platformer at 60fps in your lap? That’s a dream come true! We were not sure if something crazy like this would’ve ever happened but early on we have proven that we could do this port and Microsoft were really awesome to allow their IP on another platform in this way.

Daniel: Reaching 60fps on the Switch platform is a big challenge. In order to achieve this the way the game was rendered was completely rewritten to allow for a better control of where detail is preserved. Another big challenge was to make the seamless world stream in correctly and in time, especially because Ori has such fast paced platforming when you’ve gathered all the abilities.

Moon Studios says they've "left the door open" for an Ori sequel or spin-off, and would love to see Ori join Smash Bros. Ultimate

We want mori!

Switch owners have been very lucky to get a double dose of Ori over the last couple years. Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are some of the best Metroidvania action you can find on any platform, with each game bringing in multiple awards and big sales. Can we expect there to be a third return to the world of Ori? IGN talked to Moon Studios lead artist Daniel van Leeuwen to find out.

"For now we're focused on our newest title, but we've left the door open for a return to Ori's world. It would really come down to whether or not there's a story that the team is excited to tell. There are a lot of possibilities for stories to tell in [Ori game settings] Niwen or Nibel. As you mentioned, both prequels and spin-offs would give us an opportunity to expand on the lore while giving a fresh perspective. Although we don't have anything planned at the moment, I think there's a lot of potential there. Sometimes I’ll have an idea that I think would be cool to explore, so I make a note of it and file it away for now. Continuing to expand on what we've already established could be a lot of fun."

Of course, another trip to the Ori universe doesn't have to take place in a game. Could there ever be an Ori comic book or animated series? Daniel spoke about that as well.

"There are some inherent restrictions to story-telling in a game, so that could be really interesting. I think Ori's world could very easily transfer to other media. In terms of lore, there's a lot we could dive into and explore more in-depth."

Finally, there's one thing that Moon Studios would definitely love to see with Ori. If Nintendo ever wants to add Ori to Smash, Moon Studios would definitely be on board. Company co-founder Gennadiy Korol shared their thoughts.

"I think all of us at Moon would LOVE to see Ori in Smash and we think that Ori’s moveset and fighting mechanics [would] be tons of fun. I honestly think this could be amazing and you should tweet Phil Spencer about it!"

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.

Nintendo's "The Download" for September 2020

Check out some highlighted Nintendo Switch games that were released during the month of September 2020 on Nintendo eShop:

Spellbreak
Ori and the Will of the Whips
WWE 2K Battlegrounds
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Spinch
Hades
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Complete Edition
The Long Dark
AVICII Invector
Going Under
Hotshot Racing
Piffle: A Cat Puzzle Adventure

Nintendo UK eShop Highlights for September 2020

September saw some great new arrivals coming to Nintendo eShop like Hades, The Long Dark and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Tell us what you've been playing!

Moon Studios working on a patch for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which will also be included in the physical release

Fixes incoming

Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Switch is an amazing port no doubt, but it has a few hiccups and issues that need to be taken care of. Thankfully, Moon Studios has already said that they're working on a fix, and it shouldn't be too far out from launch.

"We're on top of all of that, no worries. A patch that should iron these things out will drop soon"

In equally good news, the team also confirmed that this patch would be included on the physical game card when that releases as well. When the patch goes live for download, we'll be sure to let you know.

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!

Digital Foundry - Ori and the Will of the Wisps Switch analysis

A miracle port

This is simply a stunning conversion to Switch. One of the most beautiful games on Xbox One retains almost all of its visual features on the Nintendo hybrid console - and does so while still targeting 60 frames per second. It's an astonishing technological achievement, but how is it possible? John talks with the developers and showcases the techniques and optimisations used to deliver the latest of Switch's miracle ports.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

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