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  AWARD-WINNING ORI SERIES LIMITED PHYSICAL COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM IAM8BIT
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09/17/2020
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

LOS ANGELES - Sept. 17, 2020 -- In celebration of the Ori series’ fifth anniversary this year, iam8bit will release three signature Ori Collector’s Editions for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows 10 curated by iam8bit, which will begin shipping in December and are now available for pre-order exclusively at ori.iam8bit.com for $149.99. In addition, iam8bit has teamed up with Moon Studios and Xbox Game Studios to publish Ori and the Will of the Wisps digitally on Nintendo Switch today. The ethereal platformer and critically acclaimed sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest is available today on the Nintendo eShop for $29.99 / €29.99. The Ori series Nintendo Switch trailer, which was just released today, can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/5vhJHgV3wxE

The Ori Collector’s Edition will ship globally. In addition, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will support Smart Delivery on Xbox consoles. Standard physical editions of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps for Nintendo Switch will be available at a later date.

The Collector’s Edition features:

 

  • Premium “Transforming” display box with glow-in-the-dark finish
  • Majestic stained glass-style art piece
  • “The Flora & Fauna of Ori” field guide
  • Sketchbook zine featuring rarely seen production art
  • Collectible art card set
  • Hard enamel glow-in-the-dark pin
  • Digital downloads of both titles’ soundtracks, composed by Gareth Coker
  • Physical editions of Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Ori and the Blind Forest, featuring exclusive, reversible cover art
 

“Our partnership with our friends at iam8bit means we’re able to bring the magic of Ori to even more people around the world,” said Gennadiy Korol and Thomas Mahler, co-founders of Moon Studios. “We’re thrilled that fans will be able to play Will of the Wisps at an impressive 60 frames per second on the Nintendo Switch, as well as proudly display a Collector’s Edition that lovingly embodies the Ori series with an amazing attention to quality and detail.”

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, iam8bit is best known for its trailblazing work in creating uniquely premium collectibles, from artistically elevated physical editions of games to lovingly crafted vinyl soundtracks. With Ori and the Will of the Wisps, iam8bit is making its first foray into digital publishing, and will look to further expand its digital publishing arm in the future.

“We’ve been looking to get our feet wet in the digital publishing space for some time, but we wanted our first title to be of the highest quality, both from a gameplay and artistic perspective. We’re thrilled to partner with Moon Studios and Xbox Game Studios to publish Ori and the Will of the Wisps digitally; it has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White, co-owners of iam8bit. “The Ori series is truly a masterpiece of artistry in games and we’re overjoyed that we can help players get their hands on it: both literally, through the physical and collector’s editions, and now metaphorically on digital as well.”

For more information, and to pre-order, please visit: ori.iam8bit.com.

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.

Originally released in March 2015, Ori and the Blind Forest launched to critical acclaim, 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 on Xbox One, Windows PC and Steam, and was met with similar praise. Dubbed a Metacritic Must-Play title, the title 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.”

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 will also include 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.

About iam8bit

Founded in 2005 and celebrating its 15-year anniversary, 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 video game 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. The company is based in Los Angeles and co-owned by Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White. Visit iam8bit.com or follow @iam8bit on Instagram or 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.

About Skybound Games

Skybound Games is a division of Skybound Entertainment with the capability to produce tabletop and video games. The team works closely with creators to expand their unique and exceptional IP to new platforms. Skybound Games’ slate across video games includes Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Baldur’s Gate, and Slime Rancher. The tabletop slate includes Pitchstorm, Superfight, and The Walking Dead: Something to Fear. Skybound Games can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.