LOS ANGELES - July 29, 2021 -- Both beloved Ori titles, Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, can now be purchased together as one for the Nintendo Switch with the release of Ori: The Collection. Fans can pre-order this double pack starting today for $49.99 USD at ori.iam8bit.com and retailers worldwide.
To celebrate the news, a trailer showcasing the all-new Ori: The Collection can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHs6Lv13C2g
Available globally on October 12th, Ori: The Collection will feature Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Ori and the Will of the Wisps on a single cartridge for Nintendo Switch. Ori: The Collection will include digital, award-winning soundtracks for both games as well as six collectible art cards. Ori: The Collection comes from iam8bit, Moon Studios and Xbox Game Studios, with global distribution from partner Skybound Games.
Back by popular demand, iam8bit will also re-release the Ori Collector’s Edition which includes both Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Ori and the Will of the Wisps for Nintendo Switch as well as a variety of other collectible items, including a majestic stained glass-style art piece. The Ori Collector’s Edition was one of the most sought after collector’s editions of the year in 2020 and will be available exclusively on iam8bit.com and shipping just in time for the Holidays!
The Ori franchise kicked off in March 2015 with the launch Ori and the Blind Forest which received overwhelming praise, garnering over 50 awards and nominations, including Best Art Direction from The Game Awards, the BAFTA Games Award for Artistic Achievement, DICE Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Original Composition, Art Direction and Animation.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps launched in March 2020 with Xbox Game Pass, and was met with similar admiration, nominated for several awards from the 2021 Game Developer’s Choice Awards, BAFTA Game Awards, D.I.C.E. Awards, SXSW Gaming Awards, as well as the Golden Joystick Award. The title was dubbed a Metacritic Must-Play title at launch, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from media and fans alike, with GamesRadar+ calling it “one of the best platformers ever made, and ... an easy front-runner for game of the year.”
ABOUT THE ORI SERIES
Developed by Moon Studios, Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are beautiful hand-drawn adventures about a young spirit destined for heroics, featuring tightly crafted platforming action and deeply emotional storytelling.
Previously only available physically on Xbox One, iam8bit and Moon Studios have partnered with Skybound Games to distribute physical editions for both titles on Nintendo Switch. This launch also includes a special Collector’s Edition only available on iam8bit.com that includes both titles, a premium display box, collectible art cards from the series, complete soundtracks from both titles and much more.
Founded in 2005, iam8bit is a creative production emporium that has quietly redefined the entertainment industry, time and time again. Collaborating with a plethora of partners and narrative-busting IPs, iam8bit punctuates the importance of engaging with fans directly. By creating the videogame industry's very first community events, the company injected the idea of experiential immersion into game and film marketing (back when it was simply known as "theatre"). iam8bit also played a crucial role in the vinyl renaissance, minting its first record in 2010, and is the industry leader in premium physical editions of top-tier games. In 2020, iam8bit evolved into financing and publishing games, soup-to-nuts, with several yet-to-be-announced PC, console and tabletop games on the horizon. The company is based in Los Angeles and co-owned by Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White. Visit iam8bit.com and follow iam8bit on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
About Moon Studios
Moon Studios is an independent video game development studio, founded in 2010 by Thomas Mahler (former Cinematic Artist at Blizzard Entertainment) and Gennadiy Korol (former Senior Graphics Engineer at Animation Lab). The company mainly focuses on highly refined gameplay mechanics within its products and prides itself on an excessive 'iterative polish' process. Moon Studios is a distributed development house: All team members are spread throughout the world, allowing Moon to work with the best and most talented people in the games industry. Moon Studios created the critically acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps and is currently developing a new, unannounced action RPG.
Skybound Games is a division of Skybound Entertainment with the capabilities to produce, develop, and license video games. The team works closely with creators to expand their unique and exceptional IP to new platforms. The Skybound Games slate houses everything from indie projects to high-budget franchise titles, with recent games including Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Before Your Eyes and The Big Con. The studio can be found on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and at www.skybound.com.
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