Tales of Arise is an upcoming action role-playing game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It will be the seventeenth main entry into the Tales series. As with so many games this year the release date has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, fingers crossed we are now on the home straight and the the game will be released on the 10th September 2021.
Tales of Arise will mark the series’ debut on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. When Tales of Arise was first unveiled back in 2019, fans wondered if Bandai Namco was creating an open world reboot of the cult RPG series. It’s certainly seems to be the thing to do among Japanese games at the moment. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Elden Ring being just two examples. However with the help of the Unrel Engine 4 Tales of Arise will attempt to bridge the gap between the old and the new. Hopefully, dragging the sometimes formulaic series into a new era. Alas though, no open world, instead they have opted for a more linear format.
Up until recently, Namco Bandai had been pushing Tales games out on almost an annual basis, making the series feel stale at times. Tales of Arise represents the largest gap ever between Tales releases, the last major release being 2016’s Tales of Berseria. This extra time in theory will have given the developers time to really make this game stand out.
The combat system has received an overhaul. It retains the arena-based battle system of previous games. However, It will include an evasion and countering system similar to the one in Tales of Graces. The new Tales of Arise trailer suggests that it will put a big emphasis on colourful super attacks. One thing it will not have, however, is multiplayer. With few exceptions, the ability for multiple players to control characters has been a key feature going all the way back to the original Tales of Destiny, so its removal is a fairly big deal for the series.
For 300 years, Rena has ruled over Dahna, pillaging the planet of its resources and stripping people of their dignity and freedom
The tale begins with two people, Alphen and Shionne, born on different worlds, each looking to change their fate and create a new future. They will overcome hardships and grow together with their unique group of friends.
The game will be released on Xbox, PlayStation and PC.
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