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Is this the most beautiful video game ever created?

'Ori and the Will of the Wisp' is being hailed as one of the most visually stunning titles ever to grace a video game console.


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The new game 'Ori and the Will of the Wisps' is so beautiful, it's moving some viewers to tears. The new game 'Ori and the Will of the Wisps' is so beautiful, it's moving some viewers to tears. Photo: Moon Studios
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When British composer Gareth Coker sat behind a piano during Microsoft's main event at the 2017 E3 Conference this weekend, more than a few people in the audience likely wish they had brought some tissues.

Coker, regarded by many as one of the most emotionally impactful composers in the gaming world, played a live accompaniment for the world premiere of "Ori and the Will of the Wisp," the highly anticipated sequel to the 2015 hit "Ori and the Blind Forest." The game was created by Austrian Thomas Mahler and Israeli Gennadiy Korol, and its first trailer is already being called one of the best of E3 and possibly even one of the most beautiful video games ever created.

'Ori and the Will of the Wisps' will be available exclusively on XBOX One and in stunning 4K resolution. 'Ori and the Will of the Wisps' will be available exclusively on XBOX One and Windows 10 in stunning 4K resolution. (Photo: Moon Studios)

While very little beyond the teaser shown below is known about "Will of the Wisp," it's clear that the award-winning and surreal art direction of the original will once again treat the eyeballs of fans. Coupled with both the processing power of the XBox One and a promise of 4K high-resolution graphics, this just might be the animated adventure that convinces more people to flock to Microsoft's platform.

The gorgeous art direction that made 'Ori and the Blind Forest' a critical sensation returns with even more pop for the sequel. The gorgeous art direction that made 'Ori and the Blind Forest' a critical sensation returns with even more pop for the sequel. (Photo: Moon Studios)

In 2014, co-creator Gennadiy Korol, a graduate of Tel Aviv University, summarized the intense technical achievements of the original game, a commitment to quality that no doubt has made its way into the new title.

"Over time Ori became a full HD 2.5D 'painting comes to life' title with gigabytes of handcrafted, painted and animated art with insane levels of parallaxing that required to run at a solid and consistent 60fps without any loading screens, ever," he told Develop Online. "On top of that, we needed to deliver sophisticated in-engine cinematics with crossfade transitions between shots, lush interactive environments, GPU simulated water, motion blur and much more."

One of the main characters players will control in the game is a mysterious owl with beautiful glowing eyes. One of the main characters players will control in the game is a mysterious owl with beautiful glowing eyes. (Photo: Moon Studios)
Over on NeoGAF, the web's best source for video game discussions, "Ori" co-creator Mahler chimed in on a thread praising "Will of the Wisp's" visuals and sound and thanked fans for their support.

"Can't wait to tell you guys more about Will of the Wisps! We've been working our butts off and it's already something really special :)"

He later added: "We made the 'Definitive Edition of Blind Forest' cause some of you raised your voice, so this time it's really about blowing the gates wide open and welcoming everyone back into the Ori universe with a huge bang. If you even have the slightest inkling of an interest in Platformers, Metroidvanias or 2d games... I think we got you covered with Will of the Wisps, hehe!"

The art direction for 'Ori and the Will of the Wisp' is likely to once again score accolades from the video game industry. The art direction for 'Ori and the Will of the Wisp' is likely to once again score accolades from the video game industry. (Photo: Moon Studios)

Unlike other games at E3 that are meant to make the heart race, "Will of the Wisp" is one of the rare few that instead pushes people to tears. Reaction videos to the trailer have already surfaced online of wet-eyed YouTubers gushing over the visuals and Coker's heart-stirring composition for the trailer.

Like the previous game, 'Ori and the Will of the Wisp' will focus on the power of relationships. Like the previous game, 'Ori and the Will of the Wisp' will focus on the power of relationships. (Photo: Moon Studios)

And speaking of the music, Coker has already placed his new track online for all to download and enjoy. With no release date yet announced for "Will of the Wisp," you can bet that both this song and the trailer will be getting repeat viewings until the real adventure drops likely sometime next year.


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