Do you like indie games? You might like Ori and the Blind Forest, which looks to be about the most indie game I‚Äôve ever seen.
Nice, 2D art style? Check. Wide-eyed and/or na√Įve characters? Check. Moment of emotional loss likely to lead the protagonist on a journey of self-discovery? Big check.
The game is the latest from Moon Studios, who are just about impossible to find through standard web searches (I had to search for their game‚Äôs Twitter account and click the link in the bio). Their only other project is Warsoup, a first-person shooter slash real-time strategy game. That seems to make Ori a change of pace for the team.
Very little was said about the game during Microsoft‚Äôs E3 press conference, where the game was announced alongside the above trailer. However, further investigation of the studio‚Äôs site reveals a blurb calling it ‚Äúa 2D Metroidvania game with a strong focus on platforming, story and atmosphere.‚ÄĚ It’s also been in development for about four years.
Metroidvania, you say? Now we‚Äôre talking.
The game is set for release on PC and Xbox One sometime in 2014.