Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Released Mar. 11th, 2020
Published by: Xbox Game Studios
Developed by: Moon Studios
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Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an upcoming platform-adventure Metroidvania video game developed by Moon Studios and published by Xbox Game Studios exclusively for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows 10. It is a sequel to the 2015 title Ori and the Blind Forest and was announced during Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017.

The game is planned to be a 4K UHD, Xbox One X Enhanced and Xbox Play Anywhere title.


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The game was announced at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 (E3) on June 11, 2017 with a cinematic trailer. The trailer depicts new lands and Ori with a young owl, presumably Kuro's child from the previous game. Gareth Coker, who performed during the E3 unveiling, was similarly announced to return to compose the score. Moon Studios lead developers Gennadiy Korol and Thomas Mahler commented that the team is "crazy iterative" when developing the game. For example, the E3 2017 trailer went through 2,000 iterations during polishing. As for setting the standard and vision of the game, Mahler said that "Will of the Wisps should be to Blind Forest what Super Mario Bros. 3 was to the original Super Mario Bros..

On 7 August 2017, AM2R developer Milton Guasti was announced to have joined the Ori team as a level designer. Moon Studios released a video in October 2017 that showcased the design program used to develop cinematics of the game. The program reportedly allowed animators to make changes while in progress and thus allows for a more flexible and streamlined process.

A second trailer was revealed at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 on June 10 2018, depicting new NPCs, bosses, movement and combat abilities, and revealing a 2019 release date. Another trailer at E3 2019 revealed that the release had been pushed to February 11, 2020. The game was delayed a second time at The 2019 Game Awards, where yet another trailer confirmed a new release date of March 11, 2020. Xbox Game Studios also announced a Collector's Edition which includes a piano collections music CD, a steelbook, premuim packaging, an art book and an original soundtrack music MP3 download alongside the game disc.