What you need to know
- Ori and the Will of Wisps is the sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest.
- It's expected to launch in February 2020.
- The title was pushed back to focus on polish.
- The game features boss battles and new visuals.
A year ago — following the surprise reveal of Halo Infinite — Microsoft kicked off its E3 2018 conference by giving Ori and the Blind Forest fans a look at the sequel. Ori and the Will of the Wisps features an even bigger threat to the world, but our lovable protagonist has new moves and friends this time around. The story also seems darker, touching on subjects like genocide.
Will of the Wisps is scheduled to launch on February 11 and runs at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second on Xbox One X. However, it also features boss battles and similar interactions this time around. Replying to various comments on ResetEra, Game Director at Moon Studios Thomas Mahler said the following.
Mahler also added that Will of the Wisps features boss battles where the titanic enemies can destroy the environment. He added the following.
Lastly, instead of repurposing Blind Forest assets, the team started from scratch to make the sequel. It's much more ambitious in terms of scope. You can read Mahler's comments below.
Hopefully, Will of the Wisps will be a polished and compelling experience. Blind Forest told a powerful story, but the gameplay could've been a little more complex. From what we've read so far, it seems like those issues have been addressed. It's a shame that we have to wait until February to play it.
We would like to thank Twitter user "@opatschi96" for the tip.
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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.
I loved the original and liked the simplistic combat. Hopefully the sequel combat won't be too complex for an 'ol fiddle fart like me. Haha
I cannot freaking wait for this, the original was such an incredible game.
Wish more devs would do 2.5D. Going to 3d graphics shouldn't mean giving up more intuitive gameplay.
I generally don't buy full-price games - I have such a backlog of unplayed games that I've got plenty to occupy me until the price drops - but I just might make an exception for this one. The original was awesome and the only question will be whether I play that again first.
I still don't get why Microsoft hasn't scooped up Moon Studios as a first-party developer. They're obviously incredibly talented.
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