Moon Studios announces that Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition has been delayed to spring of 2016, with more news on the game coming at a later date.
Ever since its E3 2014 reveal trailer, Ori and the Blind Forest has been one of the most talked about indie games in the industry. The game released earlier this year to great critical acclaim on Xbox One and PC, resulting in Moon Studios announcing a special Definitive Edition that would include new areas and gameplay mechanics. For those holding out for Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, unfortunately, the game has now been delayed.
Per the official Ori and the Blind Forest Twitter account, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition has been delayed to spring 2016. The developers promised more news to share “soon”, so perhaps the delay is a result of even more new content being planned for the game.
Unlike most “definitive editions”, which usually just collect DLC released for the vanilla game, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is planned to feature brand new areas for players to explore, along with new gameplay mechanics. Previously, Moon Studios talked about “potentially” adding new abilities for main characters Ori and Sein as well. It’s a possibility that the delay is a result of them ultimately deciding to move forward with the new abilities.
Another reason for the delay could be that Moon Studios is working for it to come out on the Xbox 360 as well as PC and Xbox One. As some may recall, Ori and the Blind Forest was originally slated for release on all three of the aforementioned platforms, but the 360 version has yet to release. Maybe Xbox 360 owners will receive Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and just skip the vanilla version, and Moon Studios wants to make sure that the game is ready to release on all platforms simultaneously in spring 2016. In any case, 360 owners that have yet to upgrade to the Xbox One should keep their fingers crossed that the 360 version of Ori isn’t abandoned – read our Ori and the Blind Forest review to find out why 360 owners should want a chance to play the game.
At any rate, Moon Studios has enjoyed great success with Ori and the Blind Forest since release, and if the critical acclaim is any indication, it’s well-deserved. Ori was profitable in just one week, and it was also recognized at The Game Awards 2015, where it won an award for its Art Direction. Hopefully the release of the Definitive Edition will convince even more gamers to pick up Ori and the Blind Forest when it is made available next spring.
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is expected to release in spring of 2016. The vanilla version of the game is currently available for PC and Xbox One, with an Xbox 360 version reportedly still in development.