Tales of Arise's TGS Trailer Teases a Potential New Party Member

Tales of Arise's TGS Trailer Teases a Potential New Party Member

And it looks like they have a pet, too.

The next game in the Tales Of series, Tales of Arise, still seems a ways off. But at Tokyo Game Show 2019, the developers showed a glimpse of what's to come, including some more lore, combat, and a possible third character to join the party.

Dual protagonists Alphen and Shionne were already teased to have a unique bond that brought the two of them together. In the TGS trailer, we get a glimpse of that; Alphen cannot feel pain, so he's able to wield a magma sword pulled from Shionne's chest that would melt the palms of anyone else. Well, it does do some damage to Alphen, but he doesn't seem to mind and Shionne can heal it afterwards.

In fact, Shionne's touch appears to fry most normal folks. We already know the two hail from different worlds and class structures, so it'll be interesting to see how they get from wary suspicion to "I'm pulling a sword out of your chest now." There's also a quick glimpse of combat, as Alphen does a quick combo, with one move resembling the Rising Falcon arte from past Tales games.

At the end, there's a tease of a new character. From the way they're introduced-back facing the camera, collapsing as the two protagonists rush to their aid-we can likely assume this is another person who will join the party over the course of the game.

We talked with new series producer Yusuke Tomizawa at E3 2019, where he told USgamer that the series moving to Unreal Engine 4 and adopting a new style was part of an overall bid for new fans.

"The anime style and graphics are a core value of the Tales Of series, but the anime style graphics are still being evolved in Tales of Arise," Tomizawa told USG. "I think one of the core new features that can appeal to Western users is the graphics."

Tales of Arise is set to launch sometime next year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via digital.

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