- Bandai Namco Entertainment has responded to fan demand with the announcement of Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn, a DLC for the critically acclaimed game "Tales of Arise."
- Tales of Arise is highly acclaimed by both critics and players, winning Best RPG at The Game Awards 2021 and selling over 2 million units.
- Beyond the Dawn will continue the game's story, introducing a new character, Nazamil, and offering expanded gameplay experiences.
If you are a fan of action role-playing games, then you know about Tales of Arise, Bandai Namco's 2021 title.
The game has been very popular with both critics and audiences. Upon its release, it received a ton of favorable reviews and even won the Best RPG at The Game Awards 2021. The game has also sold many units, with over 2 million in sales as of last April.
It's been two years since Tales of Arise's release. In that time, fans have clamored for a DLC to refresh the story to make it even more engaging. Now, Bandai Namco seems set to grant that wish.
During Sony's recent State of Play event, the publisher announced a DLC, Beyond the Dawn, alongside a a reveal trailer that gave us brief insight into what to expect.
Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn is set one year after the events of the base game which saw a resolution to the war between the Dahnans and Renans. The story-content DLC features the primary characters of the original game as well as a newcomer named Nazamil. Unlike the other characters, who are accepted by Dahnans, Nazamil is a fugitive. She is on the run from Dahnans who seek to harm her because of her father's status as a lord who opposed the heroes in the original game.
According to Yusuke Tomizawa, the game's producer, Nazamil is of both Dahnan and Renan blood. But, this doesn't give her pursuers any pause. They are even ready to go up against the main character Alphien in the trailer when he springs to her defense.
Apart from giving us a preview of the game's story, Beyond the Dawn's story trailer also depicts the gameplay. For one, we get to see the new abilities of the characters. We also see these abilities in action and, take it from us, they look impressive.
In a post published to the PlayStation blog, Tomizawa said that players will require more than 20 hours to complete the DLC. He also spoke about their plans for the game, including a desire to make it feel like a movie, saying:
The new storyline is enormous, and I spent more than 20 hours immersed in this new narrative experience during the test play, taking my time to re-explore the new world that has been merged into one. Our goal with this title, and one thing we were sure of during the test play – is that for players, this new experience would be similar to the feeling you get when you watch a movie and it turns out to be a good one.
If the final game is anything like the reveal trailer, the Tales team has done enough to achieve their goal.
We'll know for sure once Beyond the Dawn arrives on November 9.