Ori and the Blind Forest gets a release date
I know what you’re probably thinking. “Who and the What?” Ori and the Blind Forest hasn’t gotten a whole lot of press lately, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your attention. A platforming adventure game with a unique and dazzling visual style, Ori and the Blind Forest looks like it might be something special. Soon, you’ll be able to judge for yourself. Read on for the details.
In case you’ve never heard of Ori and the Blind Forest before, allow me to quickly bring you up to speed. Ori and the Blind Forest has been in development for four years at Moon Studios, a global collaboration of independent programmers and designers. The game tells the story of Ori, a spirit who gets lost in the titular forest as a baby, and it raised by a nurturing creature of the forest as its own child. But as is the case with many games, Ori’s happy life is shattered by the arrival of an evil monster named Kuro. Ori is then tasked with defeating Kuro, and saving the forest. The game is in the “Metroidvania” style of adventure games, but with a heavier emphasis on platforming with some light RPG elements. Acquired by Microsoft, the game was officially unveiled at E3 2014, and a gameplay demonstration followed a few months later at Gamescom.
Originally slated for a holiday 2014 release, the game was pushed back to a vague “early 2015” launch. Now, we have a solid date. Ori and the Blind Forest will be released for PC and Xbox One on March 11, with an Xbox 360 version to follow later in the year. The game will retail for $19.99 USD.
If Ori and the Blind Forest sounds like the kind of game you might be interested in, but you’ve never seen it before, check out the E3 2014 trailer and some gameplay footage below.