Bandai Namco has released Tales of Arise for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Although it’s technically the 17th (!) game in the series, the Tales stories are independent of each other, similar to Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest (for the most part). Tales of Arise stars a heroic band of freedom fighters and heroes as they work to free the oppressed country of Dahna from the more technologically advanced Rena.

The series’ standout feature is its fast-paced, real-time combat, including dodging, evading and countering while unleashing special attacks and combos. Arise has ditched cooperative multiplayer in favor of focusing more on interaction between party members.

“Being the first title on this new generation of hardware, and with the adoption of new technology, Tales of Arise marks a big change for the beloved Tales of Tales of series,” said Abelina Villegas, associate brand manager, Bandai Namco America. “Beyond its visual flourish, the team made sure that the story went beyond the ambitions of our previous entries. The narrative features mature themes rife with moral dilemmas and emotional weight. We hope that players will be engrossed in this new world.”

Tales of Arise is available in standard, digital deluxe, and digital ultimate editions. It’s rated T for Teen.


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