Update: Ori and the Blind Forest‘s sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, has been officially announced.
More E3 2017 leaks have apparently revealed assets from Ori and the Blind Forest‘s as-yet unannounced sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The title of Ori and the Will of the Wisps was leaked several months ago, though at the time the rumor could not be confirmed. However, this new leak goes a step further and provides actual in-game screenshots. These are likely official assets stemming from Microsoft’s upcoming E3 2017 press conference.
According to Indiannoobs, an anonymous Twitter user forwarded over a photo of Ori and the Will of the Wisps‘ title screen and mentioned that the game would debut during Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference. They then followed up with in-game photos, including a shot featuring protagonist Ori. The photos appear authentic, though neither image is particularly high quality and neither seems to show gameplay.
As ever, it’s worth being skeptical regarding rumors and leaks, especially in the weeks before and during E3. These images are low quality, which is historically a red flag when it comes to leaks, so it’s certainly possible that these pieces of art are fan-made.
Apart from the images, however, there’s plenty of reasons to believe this is the perfect time to announce an Ori sequel:
- Moon Studios has no currently announced project.
- Project Scorpio is planned for release later this year.
- Microsoft recently put Ori and the Blind Forest on sale.
There’s no real evidence to indicate that an Ori sequel couldn’t be in development, while all the available evidence points that it is.
If Ori and the Will of the Wisps is indeed going to be revealed during Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference, it will join a line-up of titles like Crackdown 3, Forza Motorsport 7, Sea of Thieves, and BioWare’s newly announced Anthem. And knowing how gorgeous the original Ori game was, the sequel will definitely fit in well with the unveiling of the Xbox Scorpio console and its 4K visuals.
If real, expect more Ori and the Will of the Wisps information during Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference this afternoon.