Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Delayed on PC
Xbox One version will still launch on March 11.
The update was provided via an interview posted on the Xbox website, in which executive producer Mark Coates said the delay was to ensure "everyone who plays Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition gets a great experience."
Coates explained: "Yes, we did announce a release date of March 11. But to make sure everyone who plays Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition gets a great experience regardless of platform, we’re taking a bit of extra time with the Windows Store and Steam versions. We will launch the Xbox One version on March 11, and will update you soon on when the other versions will launch," he added. "We can’t wait to get the final game in the hands of players and see their reaction."
The producer previously said the Definitive Edition of the platformer will come with a "sizable" new world to play in called Black Root Burrows.
"There is a great story sequence throughout Black Root Burrows where you’re discovering the past of Naru, the mother character."
He continued: "You discover her roots, where she came from, and you learn a bit more about her as a character and why maybe she is compelled to do some of the things that she does later on in the game. It's all interwoven with the already-existing story."
The Definitive Edition will also come packaged with an expanded theatre mode: "Not only will you be able to view all of the cut-scenes, but now you will be able to see early concept material from the game, trailers, and some other really cool content in theatre mode,."
A new dash ability has been added to Ori's repertoire, and it can be merged with the original game's range of moves and jumps for extra manoeuvrability. A new attack, known as the Light Burst, has been described as "more or less a grenade." Finally, a new easy difficulty setting has been added.
Current owners of Ori and the Blind Forest will be able to upgrade to the Definitive Edition for $4.99. The full game can be purchased for $19.99.
Ori and the Blind Forest was ranked by GameSpot as the seventh best game overall in 2015, making it the highest ranked Xbox One game of the year.
GameSpot's Ori and the Blind Forest review was glowing, with critic Kevin VanOrd concluding: "It's important not to mistake Ori and the Blind Forest for being simply beautiful. It certainly is--but it is also unceasingly clever. It consistently surprises you with new tricks: gravitational divergences, new ways to move through its spaces, and carefully designed levels that require you to think quickly and respond."
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