This time last year Ori and the Blind Forest made its debut on Xbox One, which went on to become highly praised by critics and fans alike. With that one year anniversary Moon Studios has released the full details regarding the Definitive Edition of Ori and the Blind Forest on Xbox One and soon to be Windows 10.
The game will include “new environments, new music, new abilities, new skills, new story elements, and new features.” Two new locations are being added – Black Root Burrows and Lost Grove – both of which will have a unique look and will take advantage of new gameplay mechanics. These new locations will also be used to flesh out the story behind Ori, specifically focusing on the Guardian Naru and why she works so hard to protect the titular character. Two new skills, Dash, which allows Ori to run for short distances, and Light Burst, which allows Ori to throw small projectiles that can later be detonated, have also been added. Both of these can be upgraded through the abilities tree so that they can have a greater effect.
Other key changes are coming to Ori as well. One major change is the addition of an Easy mode that will make the game more accessible to players of all skill levels. A hard mode and a One Life mode, where the game must be played in One Life with no saves allowed, have also been added to test those who truly aim to master the game. The Spirit Wells scattered throughout the world will now not only allow Ori to recover health and spirit energy, but will also allow for fast travel, making item collection more convenient than it was before.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition will give you a separate achievement list from the original release and ends up adding a few new achievements. The most noteable ones being; ‘Formidable’ – for beating the game on hard difficulty and ‘Unhinged’ – for completing the game on One Life difficulty. Yeah that doesn’t sound easy at all. These new added achievements, including the original achievements bring the total to 1250 gamerscore.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition will be released today, March 11th, for $19.99 and will include the original Ori as well. Anyone who purchased the original release can buy the Definitive Edition for a mere $4.99 and end up with their original edition and the new Definitive Edition. Although there is still no release date for the Windows 10 version of the game, but look for that in the near future.