It seems like the re-release for the gorgeous platformer Ori and the Blind Forest has been pushed back a bit. The Definitive Edition of the hit indie game was originally supposed to come out in the fall of this year, but developer Moon Studios has announced in a tweet that the release date will be pushed back until spring of 2016.
In official news: We want to let our fans know that you can play Ori Definitive Edition in Spring 2016 & will have more news to share soon!
— OriAndTheBlindForest (@OriBlindForest) December 22, 2015
Moon Studios haven’t said why they had to postpone the release of the Definitive Edition, but when you remember that this new edition will feature completely new areas, new additions to the story, new mechanics and just generally “more of everything”, it’s pretty easy to see why they would want a little more time. In addition to some graphical upgrades, the developer has also promised to tweak the game’s difficulty while also redoing some of the level design due to player feedback.
Ori and the Blind Forest came out of left field for most people, but it managed to instantly to pique the general public’s interest due to the game’s striking visuals and beautiful soundtrack, with critics praising the game’s presentation above all else. This got them nominated for quite a few Golden Joystick awards this year, and managed to walk away with the award for best audio and best Xbox Game of the Year. The game got some more recognition during this year’s Game Awards, with Moon Studios taking the award for Best Art Direction home.
When there’s more news regarding Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, we’ll let you know.
I love it when developers go above and beyond for their fans. Even though this isn’t a free upgrade (you’ll be getting a discount if you own the original game though), it seems to add more than enough to warrant a separate release.