Namco-Bandai has released a trailer featuring the two main characters of Tales of Arise, Alphen and Shionne. As mentioned on Tales of Arise’s website, this game involves the story of two worlds, and our characters are from the two different planets.
Alphen is from planet Dahna, a man who lost his memories and had been trapped in an iron mask, and is incapable of feeling pain. Upon meeting Shionne, he receives the Sword of Flame and battles to free his people from those on planet Rena.
Meanwhile, Shionne is a young woman from Rena who has found herself on Dahna. Cursed with “Thorns” that cause anyone who interacts with her to feel extreme pain, she decides to work with Alphen to battle her people for her own reasons.
Intended to be a “new” version of the Tales franchise that seeks to bring in more Western fans, the director of Tales of Arise has discussed making changes to the existing framework of the series. For now, we remain in the dark on much of what those changes are, though we know the battle system will be altered and this won’t be the traditional open world that’s become so popular in Western gameplay these days.
Tales of Arise will release on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in early 2020.