Ori And The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Out March 11

After much success following its release last year, Ori and the Blind Forest [official site] will launch its Definitive Edition on March 11th. With it, come tweaks to the game’s theater mode, new story material and a brand new arena. Pop below to find out more.

In her review, Pip described Ori and the Blind Forest as a “beautiful game”, and I’d struggle to argue with that. With its Studio Ghibli-esque aesthetic, touching story, and at times bastard-hard – yet never unfair – puzzlery, I for one am looking forward to returning to the Sunken Glades, or the Sorrow Pass, or the Forlorn Ruins or, well, it all, really. And the Definitive Edition welcomes a new area, Black Root Burrows, within which a new story sequence will reveal more about mother figure Naru. Developers Moon Studios say we’ll learn more about her roots, her background, and why she behaves in certain ways later in the game.

New moves that’ll bolster Ori’s skill-set can also be found within the bounds of the new locale, such as a new dash ability and a grenade-like Light Burst. Although located in Black Root Burrows, both powers can be utilised throughout the rest of the map, while the former can be further enhanced by way of the skill tree.

It’ll also expand the game’s existing theater mode, adding concept art, trailers, and more on top of cutscenes.

Moon Studios say that “if you bought the original game, you’ll be able to upgrade for a small upgrade fee!”

On the off-chance this is the first time you’re hearing of Ori and the Blind Forest: firstly, I envy you. And secondly, here’s a trailer:

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is due for release on Steam and Windows 10 on March 11.


  1. TightByte says:

    “Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is due for release on Steam and Windows 10 on March 11.”

    I’m hoping the “Steam” part of this announcement, being distinct from the “Windows 10” part of the announcement, means “Windowses that aren’t Windows 10”

    • pillot says:

      it’s just the terminology being promoted now to mean a windows store release

  2. Menshai2013 says:

    I’m not usually the kind of person to gush on the internet… *enters gush mode*

    I followed the development of Ori and the Blind Forest from its first trailer (e3 2014 iirc) and fell for its art, its music and its beautiful characters. Its one of the few games that I’ve bought at close to full price (being a pauper I generally wait for heavy discounts on games) and its one of the few games that I played continuously day after day, from beginning til end.

    While I found the platforming style frustrating at times, when I finally completed that first escape sequence… wow, what a blast. And while I continued to find the other escape sequences challenging (occasionally infuriating), I slowly felt rewarded for the limited mastery of the controls my slow reaction times afforded me. I came to adore the little character I guided clumsily through its various perils. I was absorbed by the puzzle design and the mechanics. Learning more about its design and the tools somehow planted the seed in my head that I wanted to start a career in the games industry.

    It is, in my humble opinion, a very beautiful game and one that I will enjoy playing again when the Definitive Edition comes out. I am a little cautious given that no details on pricing have yet been released (and being an even pauperer pauper these days, price may yet stay my hand). From the article linked in the above (and from the video linked in the following link to windowscentral.com) it certainly seems like an *insert subjective adjective related to size here* addition to the game. Regardless, definitely thoroughly recommended for new players!

  3. Laurentius says:

    I love this game! Best platformer I’ve played in years and it actually plays well with keyboard (so it can be done, you gamepad fondlers ).

    PS. Also I didn’t care for the story, but fluidity of platforming, challange that is great. Biggest disappointment, when you finish the game, there is no going back, all you can do,is to start whole new game, this is ridiculous.

  4. KinkyJohn says:

    Was randomly in a teamspeak with somebody who worked on this game last week so just picked it up. Don’t usually get around to platformers but I’m enjoying it immensely.

    Don’t care about “definitive” editions out of principle though.