It’s been building a legacy for more than 25 years, but the next step in the Tales of series will be that of Tales of ARISE. And it’ll be coming to Xbox, PlayStation and PC in September.
Marking a brand new entry in the Tales of series of games, Tales of ARISE will launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC come September 10th 2021.
Taking the next step in the JRPG franchise, ARISE will immerse you into the story of Rena, the star that has been ruling the Dahna planet with an iron fist for the past 300 years. Renans have been depleting Dahna of its natural resources, enslaving most of the planet’s population in order to do so. This tale follows the fight to free Dahnans of their fate and will be experienced through the eyes of Alphen, an iron-masked Dahnan fighting to free his people, and Shionne, a girl from Rena, who’s on the run from her countrymen. They will be joined through their journey by various characters, such as Rinwell and Law, that will help them in their fight for freedom.
Promising to deliver the same DNA that the franchise has become well known for, Tales of ARISE will push things to the next level by utilising the likes of Atmospheric Shader, which will ensure the visuals come across as hand-drawn. This, along with a vivid new world full of various biomes, will add to the full immersion.
Further to that and combat has evolved too, delivering more direct effects and attacks in order to provide a better sense of spectacle and more direct player feedback based upon their actions.
“We want Tales of ARISE to represent a new milestone for the Tales of franchise,” said Yusuke Tomizawa, Producer on Tales of ARISE, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “The game has a new artistic direction, making the most out of the Unreal Engine and our newly developed “Atmospheric Shader” to push the graphics quality, and make players feel like they are in a painting. With a story that is more mature and hits on more essential themes than previous games we hope players will be fully immersed in Alphen and Shionne’s journey. We can’t wait for you to be able to play the game later this year.”
When it does arrive for purchase on September 10th 2021, those looking to cross generations will be sorted, with PS4 players able to upgrade to PS5 for free, whilst a Cross-Generation Double Pack will cover both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S bases.
Tales of ARISE can be preorderedd in both physical and digital flavours on all platforms. Those who pre-orders will receive a new costume for Alphen and Shionne, as well as outfits accessories and new cooking recipes and ingredients. On Digital platforms, a Deluxe and an Ultimate edition will be available. The Deluxe edition will have the following items:
- Premium Item Pack, containing gold, cooking items and Boosts
- Premium Costume Pack, including 8 full costumes and 6 accessories
- Premium Travel Pack, allowing for better cooking and crafting abilities as well as discounts in shops
The Ultimate Edition will have all that content as well as new costumes for the characters including special costumes in collaboration with other BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment games. There will also be a physical Collector Edition available – this will include the same content as the Ultimate Edition, along with an exclusive figurine, a Steelbook, an Artbook and the game’s Soundtrack.
But there’s more and a special Hootle Edition will be available exclusively and in limited quantities on the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe store. This edition will include, in addition to the base game, a metal case, an Artbook, the Soundtrack, a 15 cm Hootle plush along with 4 accessories, Hootle DLC for the game as well as stickers and 3 art prints.
Stick that September 10th 2021 release date of Tales of ARISE on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC in your diaries. We will of course remind you when that date rolls around, and will continue to keep you updated in the weeks and months ahead. For now, two trailers await…