Tales of Arise
|Tales of Arise|
|Developer(s)||Bandai Namco Studios|
|Publisher(s)||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|Engine||Unreal Engine 4|
Tales of Arise is an upcoming action role-playing game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. An entry in the Tales series, it was originally scheduled for release in 2020 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it was delayed to after 2020. The game follows two people from the opposing worlds of Dahna and Rena.
Developed by a team composed of both series veterans and newcomers, the aim was to revitalize the Tales series using a darker aesthetic to stand out within the series and appeal to a Western audience. Minoru Iwamoto, artist for Tales of Zestiria and Tales of Berseria, returns as both character designer and art director. The game is built using Unreal Engine 4.
Like previous games in the series, Tales of Arise is an action role-playing game, although its gameplay has gone through unspecified alterations as part of its development goals while retaining the basic Tales battle system, dubbed the Linear Motion Battle System. Arise takes place in a setting divided between the medieval world of Dahna and the advanced world of Rena. Rena's superior technological and magical advancement cause it to hold power over Dahna, taking its resources and treating its people as slaves. The protagonists are a man, Alphen, native to Dahna, and a woman, Shionne, from Rena, who end up travelling together.
According to producer Yusuke Tomizawa, development of Arise began before the announcement of the Definitive Edition of Tales of Vesperia in 2018. Beginning development under the codename "Arise", the aim was to reevaluate and evolve the Tales franchise formula. The game's title derived from its codename as it best exemplified both the game's story themes and the team's wishes. While previous Tales games used a dedicated in-house engine, Arise was built using Unreal Engine 4, allowing much higher graphical quality compared to earlier entries. Character models and movement were also improved, with the team aiming at the same level of quality found in 3D films and television. While the previous title Tales of Berseria had been a cross-generation title for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Arise was made exclusively for modern hardware.
Arise is being developed by Bandai Namco Studios. The team included veterans going as far back as Tales of Phantasia, alongside newcomers who were passionate about the series. The art director and character designer was Minoru Iwamoto, who had worked on both Berseria and Tales of Zestiria. This was the first time the same person had filled both roles, and was part of Bandai Namco's move towards unifying the game's themes and artstyle. The world design went in a darker direction compared to earlier entries, both to further the series evolution and appeal to the Western market. Despite the overt focus on 3D graphics, 2D anime cutscenes are still planned as with previous entries. Similar to the previous titles in the series, the anime sequences will be once again produced by Ufotable.
Arise was revealed at E3 2019, although details of the game had leaked on the internet a few days before. The game was planned for release in 2020 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, it was delayed to after 2020 due to the "ambitious nature of the project".
- Japanese: テイルズ オブ アライズ Hepburn: Teiruzu obu Araizu
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- Official website (in Japanese)
- Official EU website (in English)