Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition arrives on Windows 10 tomorrow, providing cross-play functionality with the Xbox One version of the game. It also features 4K-capable graphics and other unique features on the PC.
The Xbox One version of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Editionarrived back in March and was itself a remake of the original Ori and the Blind Forest title from 2015, providing various new play environments, difficulty options, and other upgrades. If you’re not familiar with the game, it’s a 2D side-scroller—be still my Amiga-loving heart—with parallax scrolling, simple play mechanics and increasingly difficult puzzles, and a haunting soundtrack that could stand on its own.
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The Windows 10 version of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Editionwas originally supposed to ship alongside the Xbox One version, but it’s here now. And it includes a number of improvements, such as:
Multiple difficulty levels. You can start with the Easy difficulty level and go all the way to One Life mode.
New play environments. Discover Naru’s past in two brand new environments. Plus, there are new secret areas and faster intra-area exploration thanks to teleportation between Spirit Wells.
New abilities. Now, you can master two powerful new abilities, Dash and Light Burst.
PC-only video capabilities. The Windows 10 version of the game supports both 4K resolutions and 21:9 displays.
Cross-save support. With this release, you can move between the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs and devices, picking up where you left off in the same game.
I’ve started playing Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition on my Intel NUC, which is a decidedly laptop-class PC, and I’m impressed. Unlike big-box AAA titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Quantum Break and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Ori not only runs fine on this little PC, but it looks and sounds great too. This one is a stunner.
And if you’re familiar with the original Ori and the Blind Forest, I have a tip: You can find the new environments to the right of the first Spirit Well. Just Wall Jump to go up the wall and into the new area to access it.
Ori and the Blind Forest will cost $19.99 on Windows 10. But those with the original game can upgrade for just $4.99. Totally worth it either way.