Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition PC Coming Next Week, Features Cross-Saves

New version of celebrated 2015 platformer is coming to PC on April 27.

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Following its launch on Xbox One in March, Ori and the Blind Forest's Definitive Edition is coming to PC very soon. Microsoft announced today that the game will arrive for computers on April 27.

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People who already own the standard version on PC can upgrade to the Definitive Edition for $5. If you're just getting in now, the full game sells for $20. Microsoft also pointed out in its announcement today that Ori and the Blind Forest supports cross-platform saves with the Xbox One edition.

Ori and the Blind Forest's Definitive Edition was originally due to launch in March alongside the Xbox One version, but was delayed to ensure the game would deliver a "great experience."

The Definitive Edition comes with new areas, music, story elements, and more abilities such as Light Burst and Dash. It also introduces an Easy difficulty option, as well as other fan-requested content.

"Immediately after the release of Ori and the Blind Forest, we heard cries from fans asking for even more content. Instead of 'just' releasing DLC, we decided to craft an entirely new package that includes both the new content as well as features that fans have asked us to add to the original game," developer Moon Studios said in a statement today. "We spent almost an entire year on this new release of Ori and the Blind Forest and hope that we have now delivered the ultimate Ori experience for all of our fans out there!"

Ori and the Blind Forest was ranked by GameSpot as the seventh best game overall in 2015.

GameSpot's 9/10 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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game_gt3

i cant wait :D. and its at a perfect time. will the game have new achievements?

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SkyHighGam3r

About time, I've been waiting for this version for, like, ever. They announced it almost right after the original version, so I wasn't going to buy it twice. lol

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LEGEND_C4A

My 6 year old daughter has been begging me to buy this game cause she thinks its so beautiful, but I'm too old to get mad at games, and I heard this game will punish you cause its difficult..... since they have easier modes to play now, I bought it, thank god, now my daughter doesn't have to listen to dad cursing and screaming, lol.

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Phazevariance

This game was awesome. If you like Metroid type games where you collect stuff, and have a pretty fun combat system, this is the game for you.

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Hagan

THANK GOD! I've been waiting for the definitive edition to release. I absolutely loved this game

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Warlord_Irochi

Wonderful game. Everyone should play it.

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LPDisturbedHU

Now the question is.... if you bought the Definitve Edition on Xbox One, will you receive it on Windows 10 for free or at least a discount?

If not, I might have to wait for a sale. Already bought the vanilla as soon as the pre-order popped and bought the DE as soon as that pre-order went up.

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angrycreep

The game plays similar to Metroid and is one of the best games that i have played in a long time. I don't have any problems paying 5 more bucks for the extra stuff.

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Thanatos2k

They're making you pay for it if you already own it? CD Projekt Red would have given it away for free.

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Tiwill44

@Thanatos2k: I think it's because it comes with extra content, so you're basically paying for the $5 DLC.

But I'm not sure if TW2 Definitive had extra content. If it had some, well, you're right.

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Thanatos2k

@Tiwill44: Witcher 1 and 2 EE both did, yes. And both were free to existing owners.

So, if they're asking us to pay $5 more, will this Ori version be including 33% more content than the base game? If not, this is a scam.

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ahpuck

@Tiwill44: BS! If a relatively small company like Larian can give Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition for free, surely M$ can afford to give this game for free to those who have already paid for it.

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IAmMcGruber

@ahpuck: They are only asking for $5 if you alreay own the game. They said they spent a year working on the content...they can't just give that shit away for free, they got families to feed.

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handofkain

@iammcgruber: Dude they gave away copies of windows 10 for free, QB windows copies for free, and you are telling me they can't give the extra content only for free?

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ahpuck

@iammcgruber: More like, they have shareholders to please.

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XDeathClawX

@iammcgruber: Modders got families to feed too :)

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Tiwill44

@ahpuck: To be fair that game had a Kickstarter. But I see your point.

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jinzo9988

I kind of like that idea. Instead of doing DLC, just release the definitive version. The definite version is at the same price point and owners of the original can upgrade and get the new content for 5 bucks. The original version feels like a complete game on release and the definitive version feels like it has extras. Nobody feels like they're being sold half a game on release with overpriced fragmented content to come later (if not on day one).

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Tiwill44

On one hand, I'm glad more people will get to play it.

On the other hand, this game did not need a definitive edition. Ever.

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LPDisturbedHU

@Tiwill44: I think they may have broken the original game if they included all the crap they have in the DE.

A new version was probably the best way to go about it, both for the studio and the gamers.

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XDeathClawX

@Tiwill44: So it needed DLC instead?

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mrbojangles25

Amazing game. But is it just me, or is it insanely hard? Tried using mouse and keyboard, Steam controller, yelling at the screen...very hard game for me. Honestly I rarely play platformers or whatever you call this genre.

But yeah, love this game. Love how the story is told.

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InYourMouf

@mrbojangles25: It's definitely challenging.

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Tiwill44

@mrbojangles25: I didn't find it hard, but then again platformers & metroidvanias are my favorite genre so I'm used to this kind of gameplay. I can definitely see it as a fairly challenging game though.

You're not the only one who felt that way though; that's why this version comes with an Easy mode.

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XDeathClawX

@Tiwill44: If you can get through Bloodrayne, this should be easy :)

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mrbojangles25

@xdeathclawx: *shivers* Bloodrayne....ugh

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XDeathClawX

@mrbojangles25: It was $1 anyway :)

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Renunciation

@Tiwill44: Platformers & "metroidvanias" are also my favorite genre, along action RPGs.

Still got my butt kicked a zillion times before completing Ori and the Blind Forest, though. :D

Played "Salt and Sanctuary" and/or "Rabi-Ribi" yet? The metroidvania scene has been great so far this year...

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Tiwill44

@Renunciation: I've heard of Salt & Sanctuary, but I think it's not out yet on PC, so I can't check it out yet. Looks cool though.

As for Rabi-Ribi, I remember seeing it on the new releases on Steam, but I didn't know it was a Metroidvania. It looks a little bit too "Bullet Hell-ish" for me, but... I might check it out later?

Anyway yeah, I do remember dying a bunch of times in Ori, but like, it was never frustrating to me, because it's always fair, and you set your own spawn points and respawn very quickly. Also if I recall correctly, the music doesn't stop, so it doesn't feel like the flow stops when you die. The escape segments can be pretty rough but they were so epic that I barely cared about dying.

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Renunciation

@Tiwill44: No official release date for the PC version of Salt & Sanctuary, unfortunately. "Sometime this summer" is the best information I can find online. Very reminiscent of Castlevania: SOTN in regards to combat and platforming, but S&S offers substantially deeper character customization (like skill tree, stats, appearance). Not quite on Ori's level visually, but aesthetic enough. It'll be worth the wait, I'm sure!

Rabi-Ribi looks ridiculous, but it's surprisingly good metroidvania action. The "Bullet Hell" aspect is mostly restricted to boss battles (like Megaman on the NES), and isn't really overbearing at all. Gameplay is the standard "platformng + combat + exploration, finding power-ups and new abilities" deal -- and while that doesn't say much, there is a reason the game currently stands at 1,319 positives vs. 28 negatives on Steam. It's fun!

Dying in Ori generally wasn't too bad, I agree -- as you wrote, it doesn't feel like the flow stops. The escape segments were sometimes rough (especially the water area), though most of my frustration was due to "buying into the storyline" and not always being patient enough to master new abilities because I wanted to know what happened next. :)

Will definitely be shelling out another $5 for the definitive version.

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Tiwill44

@Renunciation: Dang, you sure made S&S sound excellent. It wasn't even on my radar but now I really want to try it, a game like that sounds like a contender for GOTY for me. I actually played SOTN not too long ago, and a few other Castlevania games in the same style, and I loved all of them. Can't believe I missed out on those games all that time.

If the only Bullet Hell parts of Rabi-Ribi are the bosses, then I'm actually OK with that. Definitely curious now, and it does look fun so I'll check it out when it goes on sale.

And also yeah about Ori, I can totally see where people are coming from. For me it was a positive surprise though, I mostly bought Ori on launch just because of how good and fluid it looked (visually and gameplay-wise), and I was glad that the story wasn't too prevalent or obnoxious. Not that I don't like a deep story, but for these games, I like exploring without being interrupted by story too much.

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Renunciation

@Tiwill44: As fate would have it, Rabi-Ribi is actually on sale this weekend. :D

Down from $17.99 to $14.39.

I picked up the Definitive Edition of Ori, but can't quite put down DaSo3 yet. I hope you're enjoying it, at least!

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Tiwill44

@Renunciation: Ha yeah I noticed the sale, though I've been busy playing Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (got it from that Humble Bundle going on right now). I had never played a Shantae game before, but I had heard good things about the series, so I decided to check it out while it was cheap. Turns out it's actually a metroidvania, and while it has a few obvious flaws, overall it's quite great.

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Renunciation

@Tiwill44: Ah, now I feel a bit guilty for getting someone hyped over a game (Salt & Sanctuary) that isn't due out on Steam for a few months. Whoops!

Yeah, I did give mention to character customization (skill tree, stats, appearance) -- but neglected to mention other stuff, like choosing to two-hand weapons (daggers, swords, spears, hammers, etc.), or one-handing them with a shield, crossbow, flintlock, staff, or wand in the off-hand. "2D Dark Souls" is a lazy description of the game, but it's not inaccurate -- and not a bad thing at all.

Hopefully Rabi-Ribi does go on sale soon. Very fun. And I do have some Dark Souls 3 goals to knock out before the "definitive" Ori hits Steam, so I'll hop back to that now. Happy gaming! :D

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o311rocks

@mrbojangles25: How do you like the steam controller? Would you recommend over Xbox controller?

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mrbojangles25

@o311rocks: It is a completely different experience, you need to rewire how you view controllers. It can be setup to handle like an Xbox controller, but it's important to remember it was designed to give you the freedom and accuracy of a mouse and keyboard except with a gamepad.

It's like the anti-controller, or uncontroller...it's a controller, but not *shrugs*.

Still getting used to it just because I've never owned a console and my gamepad experience is limited, but yeah I love it. Steam Link is freaking amazing too, a great experience. Nothing like seamlessly accessing 95% of my game library and playing it on my big ass TV with nice speakers lol.

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o311rocks

@mrbojangles25: Thanks.

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InYourMouf

@mrbojangles25: I'm curious about it but it seems it'd be pretty bad for FPS games...?

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mrbojangles25

@InYourMouf: Haven't tried yet, to be honest. I can't imagine playing an FPS on anything other than mouse and keyboard (not a knock to consoles, just my preference). I tend to use my Steam Controller/Steam Link for more casual games that don't require too much finesse and fine control. So far it works great with:

Ori and The Blind Forest

Darksiders

City Skylines

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Grim Dawn

The Witcher 3

Works OK with The Division but that's mostly because the AI in that game is idiotic, but not as satisfying as a M+KB.

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@InYourMouf: It's always going to be worse than a Keyboard and Mouse and mixed results as far as being better than Xbox 1 Elite Controller based on a player's tastes.

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mrbojangles25

@lozandier: This is my conclusion as well. Only reason I got it was because of Steam Link, and as I said in the above post, I play it with my more "chill" games that don't require twitch reflexes.

Downloading Tales from the Borderlands right now, we shall see how it works with that (great, I would imagine...just selecting dialogue most of the time lol).

*I think it's important to keep the concept in context; it's not a replacement for anything, but an alternative...if that makes any sense. Probably not. Except to me.

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@mrbojangles25: Ha, I hope it's unobtrusive to your experience playing Tales from the Borderlands with it.

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ninja2481

Honestly if you haven't already, just buy this fantastic game.

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InYourMouf

It is a really gorgeous game. I don't know why I haven't finished it yet. I think maybe after that heart-wrenching intro I wanted more of that kind of storytelling, but it turned into a Metroidvania and focused entirely on fast gameplay for hours. It's good gameplay, but I guess I wanted more feels.

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Tiwill44

@InYourMouf: Yeah, the feels mostly happen at specific points. I'm ok with that though.

Personally, I prefer when story is kept to a minimum in a platformer / metroidvania game. For me the intro was enough to make me care about the world and the characters for the entire game, so I thought they did a great job there.

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InYourMouf

@Tiwill44: I can definitely understand that. Good to know I'll get more feels later though!

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