The New Ori Game Gets Kicked To March, Because There Weren’t Enough Games Already

Among the many announcements made at The Game Awards last night came the update that the highly anticipated Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which was previously slated to be released on February 11, 2020, will now be released the following month, on March 11, 2020.  As if us gamers were planning to get any sleep in March already…

A brand new trailer for the platform-adventure game dropped at The Game Awards last night featuring brand new content focusing on some of the foes players will encounter in the game. Plus there was no shortage of beautiful animations and visuals that the developers at Moon Studios are known for.

However, it was the very end of the trailer, which featured text saying “Available March 11, 2020” that came as a disappointing shock to fans.

Even without Ori‘s delay, gamers have become increasingly worried about March 2020. It seems like every major and highly-anticipated release is coming out that month. From Final Fantasy VII Remake (March 3), Nioh: 2 (March 13), Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal (March 20), One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (March 27), Persona 5 Royal (March 31), and Half-Life Alyx (March TBD). If you haven’t started saving your cash and sleep, it might be wise to start now…

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the sequel to the 2015 release Ori and the Blind Forest. The first game introduced players to Ori, a tiny white guardian spirit. Players had to move between platforms and solve puzzles to advance in the game. The game also introduced a mechanic called “Soul Links” where players could save their progress at will using energy cells they have collected during their playthrough. The limited quantity of energy cells made players conservative savers as to not waste their soul links. Many critics praised the game upon release for its art style, story, score, and design.

This new title sees the return of Ori in a brand new adventure. While the game still features platforming and puzzle mechanics, the soul links feature has been replaced with a more traditional autosave one. The title was initially planned for release on February 11, 2020.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be released on March 11, 2020, for the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

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