The third game to be revealed at Microsoft’s E3 conference is Ori and the Will of the Wisps. This sequel to the gorgeous 2015 platformer Ori and the Blind Forest, which won over 50 awards, is set to release early next year.
Previously seen at last E3 with a gameplay trailer, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is this new trailer gives us a concrete release date. The trailer featured this E3 shows the guardian spirit Ori exploring new environments outside the forest of Nibel, where the first game took place. In addition, the trailer features the titular protagonist facing off against a variety of gigantic creatures, including giant spiders, huge worms, and vicious wolves. All of these creatures look to be potential bosses that will challenge Ori as they seek to unravel their true destiny.
Developers Moon Studios are looking to improve on what worked in the original Ori. As viewers can plainly see, Will of the Wisps is keeping the original game’s beautiful art style. However, some of the expected changes include a new save system and a more non-linear upgrade tree. Ori will be able to fight against the darkness with a wide variety of spirit weapons, spells, and attacks. These moves can be upgraded through an all-new ‘shard system’ that will let players customize depending on their style of play. In addition, a new Spirit Trials mode provides a wide variety of speedrunning trials where players can compete with each other to get high scores.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps releases February 11, 2020, for Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam. As a first-party Xbox Games Studio title, it’ll be a day-one addition to Xbox Game Pass.
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