New areas, new abilities and new difficulty modes
After a delay out of 2015, last year’s Ori and the Blind Forest is finally getting its promised DLC. As discussed in the video above, Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition adds quite a bit to the original game. Most noticeably, the Definitive Edition brings with it an entirely new area, as well as two new character abilities for the titular … moon … cat bird … thing, including a dash move that should be of particular interest to speedrunners.
Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition is making other, more subtle changes as well. The game’s spirit wells, which previously served as static save points, may now be used as fast travel points around the game’s world. Completionists may still wish to take the scenic route, as new secrets and collectibles are scattered about, several of which take advantage of Ori’s new moves.
Most importantly though, Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition is adding more accessibility to a notoriously difficult game. The new easy mode option decreases enemy and environment damage, and it also adds new checkpoints to some of the more difficult platforming sections in the game. For players demanding more challenge, there’s a new harder difficulty setting as well as a new one-life mode. While the limitations here are self-explanatory, the game also adds final statistics from one-life games to a leaderboard for players to measure themselves against one another.
Players will be able to access developer Moon Studios’ new additions to Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition on March 11th, the one year anniversary of the original release. Players who own the current Steam and Xbox One versions of Ori will be able to upgrade, though Moon and Microsoft aren’t talking about pricing yet. Xbox owners will also be able to share their game saves with the Windows 10 Store version of the game.