BANDAI NAMCO has announced that Tales of Arise (pre-order at Amazon) will be available on September 10, 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
The game marks a new entry in the Tales of series that has been building a legacy for more than 25 years and the next evolution for the JRPG franchise.
Players who buy the game on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade for free to PlayStation 5. For Xbox players, Tales of Arise will be a Cross-Generation Double Pack that contains both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions.
Players will be immersed in 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.
Tales of Arise carries the DNA of the franchise while pushing the envelope further using the BANDAI NAMCO Studios developed “Atmospheric Shader” adding a new touch to the graphics making them look like hand-drawn.
This will enhance the players’ immersion, along with a vivid new world where they will explore numerous biomes. Combat has also evolved adding more direct effects and attacks, 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.”
Tales of Arise is now available for pre-orders in physical and digital on all platforms. 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; and Premium Travel Pack, allowing for better cooking and crafting abilities as well as discounts in shops.
The Ultimate Edition will have all the content from the Deluxe edition as well as new costumes for the characters including special costumes in collaboration with other BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment games.
A physical Collector Edition will be available and include the same content as the Ultimate Edition, along with an exclusive figurine, a Steelbook, an Artbook and the game’s Soundtrack.