Do you like indie games? You might like Ori and the Blind Forest, which looks to be about the most indie game Iâ€™ve ever seen.
Nice, 2D art style? Check. Wide-eyed and/or naĂŻve 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 gameâ€™s 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 Microsoftâ€™s E3 press conference, where the game was announced alongside the above trailer. However, further investigation of the studioâ€™s site reveals a blurb calling it â€śa 2D Metroidvania game with a strong focus on platforming, story and atmosphere.â€ť It’s also been in development for about four years.
Metroidvania, you say? Now weâ€™re talking.
The game is set for release on PC and Xbox One sometime in 2014.