Tales of Arise is being moved out past its already-vague 2020 release window, Bandai Namco confirmed today. In an official update, producer Yusuke Tomizawa stated:
As you may have already seen in media stories and on our social media channels, we have made the decision to delay the launch timing of "Tales of Arise", the latest title in the "Tales of" series.
The goal for Tales of Arise is to provide a familiar but innovative gameplay experience to fans of the series, while pushing the technical envelope to deliver a high level of graphical quality to impress both long-time players and those who have never played a Tales Of game. Development on the title has moved steadily forward in 2020 as we overcame challenges along the way.
While COVID-19 has affected some aspects of development, we've done our best to adapt to the situation and have implemented remote development capabilities for our team.
However, we will need more time to achieve the quality and provide the gorgeous experience we envision for our players, and therefore we decided to delay the launch timing for Tales of Arise.
A new launch window update will be provided once we have more details to share.
In the meantime, the determination of our development team has not weakened. It is always darkest before the dawn, as illustrated in the image below. We hope you will join us as a bring a new Tales Of adventure to light.
Announced at E3 2019, Tales of Arise features a drastically more detailed art style than the series is usually known for. That, coupled with the minimal amount of updates over the past year mean that, COVID-19 or not, it's not terribly surprising that the game needs more time in the oven. With a release likely in 2021, maybe we'll even see Tales of Arise release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, in addition to Xbox One, PS4, and PC where it's already confirmed.
In any case, we will continue to bring you more news on Tales of Arise as we learn it! As a gift - and slight teaser - Mr. Tomizawa also shared the striking new artwork below for Arise, with the message, "Feel free to download this image and use it as a reminder for what’s to come for PC background or remote meeting."