Tales of Arise Will Feature A Standalone Story Unrelated To Previous Entries

Tales of Arise Will Feature A Standalone Story Unrelated To Previous Entries

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Tales of Arise Will Feature A Standalone Story Unrelated To Previous Entries

June 19, 2019

By: Richard Costa

 
 

According to a report from DualShockers, Tales of Arise will feature an entirely new standalone story that's independent of previous entries in the series. Producer Yusuke Tomizawa shared some news in a Japanese blog post on the official website, which has been translated to English by our colleagues at DualShockers.

We saw the first leaks of Tales of Arise right before E3, and it was followed by an official announcement during Xbox's conference on June 9. As we saw in the announcement, Tales of Arise takes place on the planet Dahna, where the natives have always worshipped the natives of the neighboring planet of Rena, which are supposed to be "righteous and divine." And so, as it usually happens, the Rena natives have exploited the Dahna natives for over 300 years. Lies have become truth as they were repeated over and over.

In the blog post, Tomizawa first elucidated the name Arise, which in the context of the game means to "rise up," as the Dahna are rising up against their slavery. It was also the code name for the game during development, and it is meant to hint at evolution for the series. Finally, the initials "ToA" are also meant to overlap with Tales of the Abyss, meaning that the series will not end with the alphabet, as some fans have speculated, but instead renew itself. Future games in the Tales of series will probably start with letters already used by previous entries.

So far two characters for Tales of Arise have been revealed: Alphen from Dahna, and Shionne from Rena. They work together, though Shionne disdains Alphen as a native of Dahna. As with other previous entries in the series, Tales of Arise will also deal with racism. Finally, Tomizawa confirmed that the game is completely standalone and has no connection with plotlines from previous titles in the series. This is meant to make the game accessible to all, especially newcomers to the series, who won't require any prior knowledge of the lore or plot to understand the story of Tales of Arise.

 
 

Tales of Arise will release in 2020 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

What do you think of the new story of Tales of Arise? Will fans of the series enjoy it less because of it? Let us know in the comments below!

Richard Costa
Staff Writer

Hack for hire, indentured egghead, maverick thoughtcriminal. Mainly interested in Western RPGs, first-person immersion, turn-based tactics, point-and-clickers, and card jousting.

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