Arise up, get up, get out there

The next entry in the Tales series is just about a month away. But if that’s too long a wait, a new demo for Tales of Arise is dropping next week to tide you over.

A Tales of Arise demo will drop on Aug. 18, Bandai Namco announced today, for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. No word on exact time of day yet, and looks like there’s no PC demo, though Tales of Arise is slated to launch on that platform too.

It’s unclear what section of Tales of Arise the demo will be pulling from, though the Tales account confirmed that progress won’t carry over into the full version of the game.

Initially set for 2020, Tales of Arise was put on indefinite delay for a little while, before it was later confirmed the RPG is coming out this year. This Tales entry tells the story of Alphen and Shionne, as they fight to free the world of Dahna from the control of the technologically advanced world Rena.

I recently got to go hands-on with the first few hours of Tales of Arise, and really dug what it had to show so far. The intro mostly centered on Alphen and Shionne, the dual-protagonists of the narrative, so hopefully this Tales of Arise demo also shows how the party dynamics and battle system reinforce that camaraderie. Or at the very least, I hope it’s got some good skits.

Tales of Arise is set to launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on Sept. 10, 2021.

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