A lot of games shared the spotlight during this year’s Game Awards, and among them was Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The sequel to 2015’s excellent Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was originally set for release sometime this year, but was eventually pushed back to February 11th, 2020. Unfortunately, Ori and the Will of the Wisps has been delayed again, but this time, the delay is a small one.
According to the trailer that debuted at The 2019 Game Awards, Ori and the Will of the Wisps has a new release date of March 11, 2020. Over on Xbox Wire, Xbox Game Studios senior producer Daniel Smith explains that this delay was made was so that Microsoft and Moon Studios have “extra time to ensure that Ori fans get the best gameplay experience possible.”
In the end, the delay isn’t anything massive, particularly if Ori and the Will of the Wisps winds up being as good as its predecessor. In addition to the delay, Microsoft also revealed that the collector’s edition for Ori and the Will of the Wisps is now up for pre-order at select retailers.
The collector’s edition ships with an art book for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, a “Piano Collections” soundtrack CD, a steelbook case featuring the golden feather, and an MP3 download of the original soundtrack. It also includes a copy of the game for the Xbox One, so it sounds like this collector’s edition won’t be available for the PC version.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be launching simultaneously for Xbox One and PC when March 11th rolls around next year. Being a first-party title from Microsoft, it’ll also be available through Xbox Game Pass on both Xbox One and PC on day one, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see many people play that way. With Ori and the Blind Forest being one of the better Metroidvania titles in recent memory, here’s hoping this extra time turns Ori and the Will of the Wisps into a worthy successor.