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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

No one could have predicted a couple of years ago that both Ori games would end up on Switch, yet that’s exactly what happened. Moon Studios managed to bring Ori and the Blind Forest over in September 2019. It was followed a year later by the sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Moon Studios co-founder Gennadiy Korol and lead artist Daniel van Leeuwen recently spoke with Nintendo Everything about the challenging task of bringing Ori and the Will of the Wisps to Switch. We also got to speak with Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White from iam8bit – the game’s publisher – who spoke discussed the special physical release, Switch sales and reception, and more.

Here’s our full discussion:

Ori and the Will of the Wisps, just like the original game in the series, is out now on Switch. Moon Studios surprised fans by announcing and releasing the port as part of a Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase earlier this year.

In an interview with Nintendo Everything, Moon Studios co-founder Gennadiy Korol spoke more about the experience of bringing Ori and the Will of the Wisps to Switch. Initially, the team was initially unsure if 60 frames per second would be technically possible without a big quality loss. You might be surprised to hear that “even with heavily compromised visuals”, the port was at just 24 FPS in the beginning.

Korol stated:

Ori and the Will of the Wisps just received a new update on Switch. Moon Studios has readied version 1.2.0, which includes fixes and more.

The full patch notes are as follows:

Moon Studios currently has two Ori games under its belt. But could we see more additions to the series, be it with
prequels or spin-offs? Art director Jeremy Gritton isn’t ruling out the possibility.

Speaking with IGN, Gritton said:

iam8bit, Xbox Game Studios, and Moon Studios have set a final release date for the standard physical versions of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps for Switch. Both games are heading to retail on December 8. Pre-orders will open soon.

The physical editions of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps contain six collectible art cards and digital downloads of the game’s respective soundtrack, composed by Gareth Coker.

Pricing is set at $39.99 / €39.99 for each title.

Source: iam8bit PR

Digital Foundry has published a new technical analysis for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which recently landed on Switch.

Here are the main highlights:

Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are both getting a physical release as part of a special collector’s edition from iam8bit. However, if you’re not interested in spending $150, there’ll be an alternative option.

iam8bit has confirmed to Nintendo Everything reader StrawHatEevee that regular physical versions of the Ori games are planned. Not only that, but they’re arriving in just a few months – specifically December. There’s no word on pricing yet, but they’ll definitely be cheaper than the $150 collector’s edition.

But they told me in an e-mail that it’s December. Hope this info helps.

Thanks to StrawHatEevee for the tip.

ElAnalistaDeBits has put together a new video comparing Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Switch and Xbox One, including the visuals and frame rate. Give it a look below.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is out now on Switch having launched after this week’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase.

Following today’s release, footage has emerged for Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Get a look at some gameplay below.