Press release:
LOS ANGELES – [Dec. 8].
To celebrate the physical releases of the award-winning “Ori and the Blind Forest” and “Ori and the Will of the Wisps” titles for Nintendo Switch, (both of which are now available globally starting today), iam8bit, together with developer Moon Studios and distribution partner Skybound Games, have come together to support Rainforest Trust.

iam8bit has committed to a base donation of $25,000 to aid in the conservation of the most threatened tropical forests and saving endangered wildlife.

In addition, 5% of all Nintendo Switch and iam8bit sales from December 8-13 will go directly to support Rainforest Trust’s efforts in preserving and protecting millions of acres of tropical habitats.

“iam8bit’s very first game as a publisher is Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Nintendo Switch. As a publisher, we considered how best to spend the game’s marketing budget, and decided to shake things up to try and make a positive difference with that money,” said Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White, co-owners of iam8bit.

“As we’ve worked with Moon Studios to publish the Ori series on Nintendo Switch, we’ve been struck by their dedication to expressing nature as a living, breathing entity worthy of protection. Following their lead, we wanted to do our part to preserve nature, and are excited to work with the wonderful and dedicated people at Rainforest Trust to do just that.”

HOW DONATIONS WORK:

Between December 8-13, iam8bit will automatically process donations on behalf of fans, regardless of region. Fans can participate in three ways:

Download Ori and the Will of the Wisps from the Nintendo eShop
Purchase Ori and the Will of the Wisps physical edition from any retailer globally, including Amazon (worldwide), Game (UK), Best Buy, GameStop and hundreds of others.
Purchase the Ori Collector’s Edition directly from iam8bit.com

Calculated based on sales reports during this time period, all fans’ purchases will directly benefit the Rainforest Trust. iam8bit will report back on the success of the charity drive on all iam8bit social media channels the following week. Those looking to get involved with Rainforest Trust or donate directly can visit their website here.

A trailer featuring the newly released physical editions can be viewed here. The physical editions of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, available globally starting today, feature six collectible art cards and digital downloads of the game’s respective soundtrack, composed by Gareth Coker for $39.99. Ori and the Will of the Wisps was nominated for Best Action/Adventure, Best Art Direction and Best Score and Music at the 2020 Game Awards.

iam8bit has also released exclusive Ori Collector’s Editions for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows 10, which are available for $149.99 each. Each Collector’s Edition includes a Stained Glass Style Art Piece, “The Flora & Fauna of Ori” Field Guide, a Sketchbook Zine, Collectible Art Card Set, a Glow-in-the-Dark Pin, the Digital Soundtracks, Transforming Glow-in-the-Dark and a Display Box. To order a Collector’s Edition and for a closer look at the premium editions, visit ori.iam8bit.com.

An assets kit for Ori and the Will of the Wisps can be found here.
A new ‘Accolades’ trailer for Ori and the Will of the Wisps can be downloaded here.
A video for Ori and the Rainforest Trust Charity video can be downloaded here.

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About Rainforest Trust

Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has been safeguarding imperiled tropical habitats and saving endangered species by establishing protected areas in partnership with local organizations and communities.

In that time, the organization has helped protect over 23 million acres of critically important rainforest and other key habitats at more than 125 project sites around the world. Learn more about and support this important work by visiting www.rainforesttrust.org, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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, is the industry leader in premium physical editions of top-tier games. 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
Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform content company that works closely with creators and their intellectual properties, extending their stories to further platforms including comics, television, film, tabletop and video games, books, digital content, and beyond. The company is the home of notable properties including The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Super Dinosaur.

Skybound is also a publisher, producer and global distributor of several award-winning tabletop and video games. The Skybound game slate includes Telltale’s The Walking Dead, a collection of Beamdog titles including Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, and in partnership with iam8bit, physical editions of games like Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Untitled Goose Game.

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