The Tales of Arise development team has confirmed that they have no plans to produce a direct sequel or expansion for the popular 2021 RPG.
Speaking to Edge Magazine (via GamesRadar), producer Yusuke Tomiwaza explained that despite the game’s successful sales — over 1.5 million copies sold in its first month alone — no sequel is in development. Bandai Namco’s in-house studio designed the game to leave “a good aftertaste” in fans’ mouths after the campaign was completed.
Tomizawa added that the studio “will continue to take on the challenge of attracting new fans to the continued expansion of JRPGs.”
“We need to come up with a cutting-edge flagship title that builds on the success of Arise while providing an opportunity to rediscover the history of the series,” said Tomizawa.
Most Tales games are standalone titles that function in their own continuity, but there have been rare instances where some titles in the broader series have been linked to sequels and prequels.
In case you missed it, GameSpot’s Tales of Arise review gave the game a 7/10, praising its mix of fast-paced and action-packed combat, hilarious banter between the characters, and gorgeous graphics. “If you’re looking for a long-winded, charming, and immersive JRPG to play on your shiny new console or PC gaming rig, Tales of Arise is certainly a solid choice. Just don’t go into it and expect an all-time classic,” wrote Heidi Kemps in her review.
For a different angle on the game, you can check out this feature that shows how the Tales of Arise background menu tells a great story.
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