Bandai Namco Entertainment presented a new trailer for its role play Tales of Arise on Sunday at the Tokyo Game Show 2019.
The next chapter of the JRPG franchise " Tales of " uses Unreal Engine 4, but the staff tried to integrate the artistic style of earlier games into the franchise. These include rendered watercolor CG-style editing scenes, and staff members work to ensure that anime style and photorealistic artwork coexist in-game.
Longtime stories of team artists Minoru Iwamoto is the first Art Director in the franchise. Before the Tokyo Game Show, the staff of the game acknowledged the considerable amount of work that had been put on his shoulders as he was involved in both the character design and art direction. However, they wanted to achieve a level of consistency between the character design and the world environment.
The staff acknowledged that the title of the game is different from the previous entries, which usually end with -ia. The staff wanted a different title and the word "Arise" to challenge the fans. They realized that "a new beginning" is a possible interpretation when they were asked if there would be character cameos from previous games The staff emphasized that this has a brand new story and characters, yet staff members do not want to exclude this stories of family characters, adding that they can not say anything now.
Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the story:
Tales of Arise plays in a solar system that contains the two neighboring planets Dahna and Rena. The inhabitants of Dahna have always shown their planetary neighbors on Rena – a planet they can plainly see in the sky – as a land of the righteous and divine. For the people of Dahna, legends and traditions about Rena and its inhabitants have been handed down for countless generations and have become facts in their minds over time that have actually masked a cruel reality for the people of Dahna. Rena has been ruling Dahna for over 300 years, plundering the planet's resources and depriving its people of their dignity and freedom. Tales of Arise starts with two people born on different worlds, yearning to change their destiny and create a new future for themselves and perhaps their people. Featuring an original cast of characters, a dramatic storyline, dynamic fights and stunning environments with some classic Tales Of elements; Tales of Arise marks a fresh start for the famous JRPG franchise.
The website of the game describes the two main characters:
Takuya Satō as Alphen of the planet Dahna. Alphen is a young man who has lost his memories and his sense of pain and wearing an iron mask. After meeting Shionne, he attacks the flaming sword to free Rena from Dahna.
Shino Shimoji as Shionne from the planet Rena. She is a girl who is cursed by "thorns", a force that causes pain to those she touches. She teams up with Alphen to reach a hidden target and fights against her Renans.
Yusuke Tomizawa ( God Eater ) has taken over the franchise's development team. <! – Minoru Iwamoto ( Tales of Zestiria ) is the character designer and art director. -> The Studio ufotable takes care of the animation of the game. The game is expected to be released in 2020 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment