The Ori and the Will of the Wisps gameplay trailer has revealed how the sequel will go big with huge monsters and likely some deadly encounters. Are we looking at Dark Souls with an adorable furry creature?
Experienced developer Moon Studios has cranked up the volume on its upcoming sequel to Ori and the Blind Forrest released in 2015. Since the first game was already a visual and auditory masterpiece, the question is how could a sequel top that. It seems that massive monsters are a good start alongside what appears to be the same manner of music, sound, and visual effects.
What we saw in this year’s trailer seems formidable: A terrifyingly large Spider that moves impossibly quick for our liking, some tentacled monster in a watery area, and a lava monster that spews hot molten liquid everywhere. Encounters in the first game felt challenging but never deadly, and while the same might be true in the sequel in terms of how lethal each boss actually is, the presentation of behemoth-style enemies is nothing less than intimidating.
Like the first game, fans can expect a similar style of Metroidvania maps and layouts, giving players the freedom to go almost anywhere, and often requiring them to double back to areas previously visited. As the first game did so well, scoring 10 out of 10 on Steam and nearly 25,000 reviews all pointing at an Overwhelming Positive game experience, there really is no need to tamper with a good thing.
Innovation meanwhile is always useful for sequels, and the more challenging bosses might give us exactly that. We don’t like hyping games up too much as so many developers overpromise and underdeliver, but if Ori and the Will of the Wisps is anything like the first game, we should be in for a real treat.
As the game will not be releasing until 2020, players should check out a number of other games that are not by any means better than the first Ori, but equally beautiful in their own ways.
Child of Light: Join Aurora, a young girl from 1895 Austria, who awakens on the lost fairytale continent of Lemuria. In order to get back home she must fight against the dark creatures of the Queen of the Night, who have stolen the sun, the moon and the stars. Nearly 10,000 reviews of Very Positive.
Rayman Legends: One of the best in the series that is filled with vibrant colors and non-stop platforming action. This one is also popular with the speedrunning community, if you are looking to take on a new type of challenge.
Hollow Knight: In some ways just as beautiful as Ori, in its own way. Fight in an epic action adventure past a ruined kingdom of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs, all in a classic, hand-drawn 2D style.