Princess Metroidononoke: Ori And The Blind Forest

Prepare to cry.

Do you struggle to form tears within your eyes and release them from your body to express sorrow, joy, or other related emotions? Good news! A video game may help you. Moon Studios’ Metroidvania-y platformer Ori and the Blind Forest “is going to be one of those games that might make you cry,” publishers Microsoft say, “we can feel that much already.” Big deal; people cry at the John Lewis Christmas advert. Join in the chant: no more tears! No more tears!

The game does look jolly nice though, with a little forest spirit leaping about verdant glades. As well as Metroid and Castlevania and all those, it’s looking to Princess Mononoke and perhaps Rayman Legends and My Neighbor Totoro as influences.

It’s certainly a fine collection of ingredients to blitz together in a game blender, with a squeeze of tears for seasoning. Ori has the usual Metroidvania model of a big world to explore, jump, solve puzzles, and kill things in, with areas locked off until you find the skills to access them. Also Ori’s nemesis is a giant owl, which we can all agree is a sorely underused foe within video games.

Ignore talk of “Xbox exclusives” as Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to PC too, this autumn.


  1. Tinotoin says:

    Weeping confirmed.

  2. StudioMDHR says:

    This game is beyond blissful. Moon Studios are masters!

  3. NothingFunny says:

    One of the best games shown at E3 and not a realistic murder simulator for a change

    • jonfitt says:

      Not to be a snark, but it doesn’t look like you hug your way through the forest. It’s still – kill to progress.
      But yes, looks lovely, and not a grim dude, doing grim things, because: motivation.

    • Lemming says:

      Not really a change. It looks cute, but it also looks incredibly calculated. 2D indie ‘feel ’em ups’ are very in this season. It doesn’t matter if the 2D platforming is everything we’ve seen before -put some piano music and some loveable art over it, and the masses will lap it up.

  4. Tom Walker says:

    Looks like a good game. Really though, stop blubbering you idiots. It’s not real.

  5. Kein says:

    >Ignore talk of “Xbox exclusives” as Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to PC too, this autumn.

    Nice source here.

    • Trithne says:

      Unless it’s Halo, you can pretty much assume that any XBox “exclusive” is coming out on PC too.

      Not so for Playstation or Nintendo ones.

  6. db1331 says:

    Looks cool, but do you have to play as that little creature? As a white male, if I can’t play a game as a white male protagonist, then I’m just not interested.

  7. DanMan says:

    Where are all the “graphics don’t matter” people? I mean, “it’s just a platformer”, right? RIGHT?!?

    • chargen says:

      Ok, “The graphics won’t really matter if this game is sucky to play.” That what you needed?

      • DanMan says:

        Yes, thank you. I feel much better now. Much reassured. Such bliss.

  8. eel says:

    Great to hear that it’s coming to PC, learning about X1 exclusivity after watching the trailer was a real let down.

  9. JFS says:

    Microsoft always makes me cry.

  10. Easy says:

    Someone gimme a hug right now. I need a hug.

  11. Skabooga says:

    I’m happy to see that “Will make you cry” has become an acceptable thing to put in feature lists.

    • LionsPhil says:

      And to think the Sunday Papers were suggesting we’d moved past game advertisements of the form “this is really unpleasant and will have negative consequences for you”.

  12. Myrdinn says:

    I wept for hours. Really heartbreaking stuff.

  13. Shodex says:

    Not to big on them seemingly killing a character in the trailer.

    • Perjoss says:

      Could very easily be sleeping or unconscious?

      • Shodex says:

        Entirely possibly. But it certainly felt like they were implying it was dead.
        And in a game of this sort I’m sort of expecting one of them to die.

  14. sonofsanta says:

    Does look a bit like Studio Ghibli’s Limbo, at points. Though of course, that’s a point in its favour.

    (Bit more platformy in the gameplay though, from what I can tell.)

  15. ansionnach says:

    For some reason the still reminds me of Pocahontas on the Mega Drive. That was a fun puzzle platformer with beautiful animation and art style. Not sure why the internet knows almost nothing about it, it was a nice little game.

  16. myelbow says:

    Surely I’m not the only one in here born during the ’70’s who now wants to play a game based on the wonderful animated movie, The Secret of NIMH, right? Right?

    The Great Owl
    Jeremy, the crow
    Mrs. Brisby

    That movie was greatness and both the owl in the trailer above and The Great Owl are super cool characters in my book.

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      80s here but saw it after on TV and I don’t know if I’d want a game specifically based on Nimh, but that film was magnificent.

      This looks really really good.

  17. Cinek says:

    Ori… Stargate Ori?!
    Oh… no… it’s just Microsoft trolling me >_>

  18. amnesia says:

    This game looks beautiful.