Ori and the Will of the Wisps' completions let down by bugged achievements

By Sean Carey,
Ori and the Will of the Wisps has been out for a little while now, and quite a few of you have shared some time with Ori journeying across the broken lands of Niwen. We've decided to delve into the stats and see just how many of you played Ori and the Will of the Wisps compared to Ori and the Blind Forest two weeks after their respective release dates. We've also taken a look at the total number of achievement unlocks and how many of you completed the game after 14 days. Unfortunately, some bugged achievements seem to be causing a lot of you issues on the completion front.

Ori player comparison

As you can see, the graph shows us that Will of the Wisps had a lot more players overall during its first two weeks. On the day of release, Wisps had a total of 15,448 players here on TA compared to Blind Forest's 5466 — over 10,000 more. There are several reasons for this. The first being that Wisps is a sequel which was already established on a good foundation. Not to mention that the re-release of the Blind Forest was later added to Xbox Game Pass and xCloud, allowing more players access to Ori and itching for a sequel. Wisps also found a bigger player base with its inclusion into Game Pass, so naturally, the game would have more players.

Days After Release Number of Players - Ori and the Will of the Wisps Number of Players - Ori and the Blind Forest
0 15448 5466
1 21958 8233
2 25788 9881
3 29818 11425
4 32657 12614
5 34346 13302
6 35748 13842
7 36936 14252
8 38024 14628
9 39070 15010
10 40309 15506
11 41367 15912
12 42012 16174
13 42568 16397
14 42938 16617
In terms of the number of achievement unlocks in the first 14 days, Wisps beats out Blind Forest most likely due to that larger player base mentioned earlier. Two weeks after release, a total of 345,924 achievements were unlocked in Wisps compared to 309,807 in Blind Forest — Wisps has 13 fewer achievements in its list too.

Things get slightly more interesting when we look at the number of people who completed both games after just 14 days. Blind Forest — with its longer achievement list — was completed by 97 TA members after two weeks. Wisps had just 24 completions. Unfortunately, several reports in the forums say that a number of Wisps' achievements are bugged. Some of the hardest achievements that take a considerable amount of effort to complete aren't unlocking for players. This, coupled with the recent achievement problems with Xbox Live are likely culprits as to why Wisps' number of completions is so low. It also has some slightly harder achievements which potentially makes the sequel slightly less accessible. Wisps has three time/date flagged achievements that require the player to complete tasks against the clock, compared to Forest's time/date achievement. Wisps also has a difficulty specific achievement. Hardcore Fan requires a player to complete the game on Hard mode — a tough achievement indeed.

Overall it's clear to see that Xbox Game Pass has had a huge impact on player numbers for Ori's second outing. Ori and the Will of the Wisps managed to beat Ori and the Blind Forest in terms of achievement unlocks across the 14 days, but not by huge numbers. This was presumably down to the smaller achievement list. What is a shame is that Wisps is suffering from a number of bugged achievements. Moon Studios has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix. Hopefully, we should see some retroactive unlocks soon and will be able to update you on completions for the time period. It will be interesting to see the numbers if that does happen.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean joined the team as a Staff Writer for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies in 2019. He games across all platforms and is always looking for an excuse to replay any of the Metal Gear Solid titles.