Microsoft and Nintendo's friendship deepens, as one of Xbox's indie gems is making its way to the Nintendo Switch. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is coming to the Nintendo Switch on September 27.
Announced at the very end of Nintendo's Indie World stream today ahead of Gamescom 2019, Ori and the Blind Forest is one of Microsoft's indie darlings of the last console generation. Our review back in 2015 called it a "feast for the eyes, a torture chamber for the soul;" it's a charming and beautiful game that will also take you through punishingly enjoyable platforming areas. It already seems like the perfect fit for the Switch, and aaccording to one of the devs, runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second in docked mode, 720p and 60 frames per second in handheld.
More than Ori's sheer pedigree, this marks another step in a larger trend of Nintendo and Microsoft working together. Amid quotes that hinted at the possibility of Nintendo and Microsoft working together, the old-school shooter Cuphead has already made its way to Nintendo's platform, and Banjo is headed to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as well. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is another big get in the ongoing partnership between Nintendo and Microsoft.
Ori, meanwhile, is set to return in Ori and the Will of the Wisps next February, presumably for the Xbox One and PC, though now anything's possible. The Ori sequel had already tapped talent like the creator of Metroid 2 remake AM2R to put together a new game. Whatever developer Moon Studios has planned, it could be pretty cool. And now, it could theoretically be on the Switch, too.
Keep up with all of today's big publisher streams in our guide to the pre-Gamescom 2019 announcements.