A year ago tomorrow, Ori and the Blind Forest made its debut on Xbox One and became an instant hit with both fans and critics alike. With the one year anniversary approaching, Moon Studios has laid down some details about the very-soon-to-be released Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition.
Thanks to a sit down interview with Mark Coates over on Xbox Wire, we know the game is set to include "new environments, new music, new abilities, new skills, new story elements, and new features." Two new locations are being added - Black Root Burrows and Lost Grove - both of which will have a unique look and will take advantage of new gameplay mechanics. These new locations will also be used to flesh out the story behind Ori, specifically focusing on the Guardian Naru and why she works so hard to protect the titular character. Two new skills, Dash, which allows Ori to run for short distances, and Light Burst, which allows Ori to throw small projectiles that can later be detonated, have also been added. Both of these can be upgraded through the abilities tree so that they can have a greater effect.
Other key changes are coming to Ori as well. One major change is the addition of an Easy mode that will make the game more accessible to players of all skill levels. A hard mode and a One Life mode, where the game must be played in One Life with no saves allowed, have also been added to test those who truly aim to master the game. The Spirit Wells scattered throughout the world will now not only allow Ori to recover health and spirit energy, but will also allow for fast travel, making item collection more convenient than it was before.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition has a separate achievement list from the original that adds several new achievements. Formidable for beating the game on hard difficulty and Unhinged for completing the game on One Life difficulty will challenge those looking for the completion while those achievements related to the new areas will be hard to miss (or not missable at all). These achievements, along with those ported from the original list, bring the game's total to 1250G.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition will be released tomorrow, March 11th, for $19.99 and includes the original Ori as well. Those who purchased the original release can scoop up the Definitive Edition for $4.99. The Windows 10 version is still set to come out, but has been pushed back to an as-yet-undetermined date.
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