When I played Ori and the Blind Forest back in 2015, I didn’t think there could be a prettier Metroidvania. Luckily, game developer Moon Studios has proven me wrong with Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which is set to debut sometime in 2019 as an Xbox exclusive.

I spent about a half-hour exploring the new game and it’s even more captivating than the first. But don’t let the pretty backdrops fool you; this is a game of puzzle solving and quick reflexes that can get difficult before you know it.

Like the original game, you’re playing as Ori, a guardian spirit in charge of protecting the forest and its denizens as well as the light from the darkness. Similar to other Metroidvanias, Will of the Wisps’ levels run side to side and are loaded with challenges that can only be overcome by discovering new abilities.


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