Information about Tales of Arise has been fairly scarce since it was first revealed last year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and it seems that recent events are at least partly the reason for that. Bandai Namco has announced that Tales of Arise will no longer be releasing sometime in 2020 and will now be releasing at some point after that as the company has not created a new release window for the game at this time.
Yusuke Tomizawa, the producer of the game, made a message to fans saying that the COVID-19 pandemic affected numerous parts of the game’s development and although the team did its best to adapt to their new working conditions, the game will need to be delayed to meet expectations.
The full statement can be found below:
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 move 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, to achieve the quality and provide the gorgeous experience we envision for our players, we will need more time to realize that vision 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.