Ori and the Will of the Wisps goes gold, ready for its March release date

By Heidi Nicholas,
The latter half of 2019 suffered a fair few delays of major titles. The first month of 2020 has brought us similar news: the latest being Cyberpunk 2077's delay to September, and Dying Light 2 being pushed back to an unknown release date. Ori and the Will of the Wisps was itself delayed by a month, but anybody worrying about more delays can breathe a sigh of relief — Ori and the Will of the Wisps has gone gold, meaning it's ready for mass production and on track for release in March.

"Going gold" is a stage every game has to go through. It usually means the game is finished, except for further work on patches and fixes, and is ready for mass production: the "Gold Master" copy is the first ready-for-release version of the game. Ori and the Will of the Wisps doesn't release until March, so it's a good sign of how confident the developers are feeling about the sequel. The tweet above also shows off the $49.99 Collector's Edition. The Ori games are beautiful, with endless visually stunning backgrounds for Ori's adventures, so the art-book included is definitely a bonus. The Collector's Edition also includes a SteelBook case, premium packaging, digital soundtrack, and a CD of piano collections. The Standard Edition will cost $29.99. The game will also arrive into Xbox Game Pass at launch, and be free for those with memberships to the service.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps goes gold

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a highly-anticipated sequel to 2015's action platformer Ori and the Blind Forest. The first Ori game was a success with players and critics alike, garnering over 50 awards and nominations, and praised for its gameplay, beautiful world, and an emotional depth surprising for a game in which the characters are mostly silent. It's currently voted a 4.56 out of 5 on our site from over 2,500 community votes. The Definitive Edition, later released, had some extra content like new areas, secrets, and story sequences, but Ori fans were still more than ready for a new full game. The sequel was announced two years ago, and whilst it's been a long wait, there's not much longer to go — the game releases on March 11th, and, now that it's gone gold, Ori fans have nothing to worry about apart from what to do until then.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!