Ever heard of a game called Ori and the Blind Forest? If not – you definitely should, and you also won’t regret knowing that it’s already possible to pre-order Ori and the Will of the Wisps Steam key. Multiple award-winning modern side-scroller released 2015 is receiving an ambitious sequel that promises to expand upon every aspect of the original game. With no surprise, Ori and the Blind Forest is rated as “Overwhelmingly Positive” on Steam, as for this reason we present a brief look at this franchise, its developers and most importantly – what the upcoming game has to offer.
Former triple-A developers
The developers behind Ori and the Blind Forest, as well as the upcoming sequel which can be received through purchasing Ori and the Will of the Wisps Steam key, are Moon Studios – a small company based in Vienna, Austria. What’s interesting about this developer is that it’s mostly made up of former triple-A video game developers coming from various well-known companies, raging from Blizzard Entertainment to Bethesda Softworks.
Considering this fact its no wonder the original game was so successful, despite the fact that it was a debut title of the studio. In fact, one of the awards won by the creators include the Best Debut award which was received at the 2016 Game Developers Choice Awards. It’s also not surprising that the publisher of the upcoming Ori and the Will of the Wisps Steam game – Xbox Game Studios – has granted full creative freedom to the developer team, no strings or restrictions attached. For example, the creators were free to work from distance which is actually an unconventional way of video game development. Regardless, it guaranteed a smooth creative process and a high-quality end result.
Story that pulls on your heartstrings
Ori and the Will of the Wisps will continue the story of the title character – a small rodent-like guardian spirit named Ori. It’s no secret that these games were inspired by infamous animated feature films like the Lion King and Iron Giant. Both the original and the soon to be released Ori and the Will of the Wisps Steam game portray a tale that follows an emotional hero’s journey that doesn’t shy away from darker, existential themes, philosophical questions and a sense of drama.
It wouldn’t be right to go into too much detail as the story is best when experienced personally, but the main plot surrounds the efforts of Ori to save his home – the Nibel forest. The orphaned hero originally fell down from the Spirit Tree and had no one as he grew up, except for a parent figure named Naru. The first game had Ori exploring the captivating and almost magical 2D environments as the protagonist was in search of three stolen elements, vital for life in the Nibel forest to continue. Ori and the Will of the Wisps Steam title raises the bar even higher by setting Ori on the path to discover his destiny.
Ultimate Metroidvania experience
There exists a class of gamers who pay a lot of attention to the story of any game they play, and while that’s a perfectly reasonable position – this is not a movie. One may ask: how does the upcoming game fair gameplay-wise? Well, make no mistake – just like the original, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be an ultimate culmination of the Metroidvania style side-scrollers. Extensive, stylish, brutally challenging and full of variety – those are but a few expressions that describe the experience you will receive by purchasing the Ori and the Will of the Wisps Steam key.
The game runs on the Unity Engine, which harmoniously mixes 3D character and environmental object models with overall two-dimensional display of the action. This 2D world feels alive and dynamic, filled with side-quest giving NPCs, environmental puzzles and hidden secrets. Every time Ori lands on a platform or touches a tree branch, the environment reacts accordingly by pulsating or releasing a cloud of dust. Wherever Ori would travel, his spirit-like body lights the surroundings with a beautiful blue glow – small little details like that make up the impression of an organic and fluid game world.
While the upcoming Ori and the Will of the Wisps Steam game is far from being the first to implement the parallax scrolling, nothing can deny the fact that this visual effect truly shines here the most. The foreground and background move at a different pace, giving the 2D Nibel Forest a distinct sense of depth. Speaking of depth – the Will of the Wisps will feature a deeply elaborated combat system, with Ori using close-range and long-range weaponry, unlocking new abilities through the skill tree and provide more ways to fight foes than the original.
When it comes to fighting, Blind Forest had Ori relying on fireballs, deflection, and pummeling, but Ori and the Will of the Wisps Steam title will expand upon the competitive element of the game not only with new combat system upgrades but also with the addition of something akin to a multiplayer mode: players will be able to compare their playthroughs with ghostly in-game representations of their friends’ pre-recorded gameplay. While it’s not a true online mode, it nevertheless provides a sense of competition to the whole experience.
Interested in getting the upcoming game cheaper?
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