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"Ori and the Will of
the Wisps is a direct
sequel to Ori and the
Blind Forest and will
take off where the
original title ended."
XBOX GAME STUDIOS SENIOR PRODUCER DANIEL SMITH
as well which makes the game look and feel
much better."
Will of the Wisps doesn't launch until next
year, so Moon Studios is still keeping a lot of
its plot and gameplay changes a secret. We do
know that the sequel will find guardian spirit
Ori traveling beyond the forest of Nibel as they
try to discover their destiny, meaning that
there will be more varied environments than
in the previous game. However, according
to Smith, players who missed the first game
won't be lost with the sequel.
"Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a direct
sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest and will take
off where the original title ended," Smith said.
"That said, we wanted to bring a fresh entry
into the Ori universe so it isn't critical to have
played through Ori and the Blind Forest, and we
hope that fans of the original and newcomers
equally enjoy the experience."

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When it comes to gameplay, Ori definitely
seems to have a few more moves in Will of the
Wisps for both platforming and fighting enemies, such as the ability to dive through sand
to get momentum for big jumps. Combat is also
getting a major upgrade, according to Smith.
"We flattened the skill tree in favor of a
shard system allowing players to find shards
and equip them at will," Smith said. "If you
are having difficulty with taking too much
damage, equip shards that give you more
defense. If you are a skilled player and want to

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be more of a 'glass cannon,' equip shards that
give you high damage or skills at the expense
of defense."
Ori and the Blind Forest surprised many
players when it launched, not just because it
was a gorgeous game, but also because the
platforming was challenging and engaging.
Expectations for Ori and the Will of the Wisps
are incredibly high, but Moon Studios has
learned a thing or two over the years, and
everything we've seen makes us excited for
February.



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