Bandai Namco Entertainment has today confirmed that Tales of Arise gets delayed to an unspecified timeframe. We had last seen the upcoming RPG last September at Tokyo Game Show 2019, but Bandai Namco has not published anything new about the game ever since.
The producer Yusuke Tomizawa has posted a note explaining the decision to make the delay, which is also available in English. He specifically mentioned in the post on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the game's development team as they must now adapt to remote development.
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.
Tales of Arise was originally slated for a worldwide release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2020. The new release timeframe will be announced in due time. You can catch up on the game's information with the main character introductions and a video interview with Yusuke Tomizawa.