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This Microsoft Exclusive Just Wrapped Up Development

Have you experienced the wonder that is Ori and the Blind Forest yet? If not, you might want to jump on playing that gem in short order — it's sequel just went gold today, which means development is finished and there's nothing left to do but wait for its release.


Ori and the Will of the Wisps is, like its predecessor, being developed by Moon Studios. The team behind the title took a celebratory lap today, tweeting about the news while showing off the disc that houses the game's master copy.

The title was originally supposed to be released on Feb. 11; however, Microsoft subtly made news of a delay known via a trailer shown at The Game Awards in December. What was the reason behind the delay? We honestly don't know, but if we had to guess, we'd probably hear something along the lines of "we wanted to give the game more polish" from Moon Studios. And honestly, that excuse might hold up. The game is now finished, weeks ahead of that original release date.


Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until March 11 — one month later — to get our hands on the team's latest metroidvania adventure.

This is actually great news for those of you who haven't played the first game, though. Ori and the Blind Forest is available on PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. And if you happen to be a Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, you can play it at no additional cost on PC, Xbox One, or both.

The first title in the series was heralded as something truly special; in fact, it's probably one of the few Microsoft exclusives you can point to and say, "Yeah, that was pretty good." Fans are eagerly awaiting the second, so hopefully it lives up to all of their expectations.

We'll have more on Ori and the Will of the Wisps closer to its release.