Tales of Arise Free Demo Arrives on Consoles Next Week, PC Left Out


Tales of Arise is just a month away, but what if you just can’t wait to try out the next entry in Bandai Namco’s fan-favorite RPG series? Well, you’ll have a chance to try out the game early, as Bandai Namco has announced a free demo is coming to all consoles next week. Sadly, it seems PC gamers are being excluded, likely because Bandai Namco doesn’t want clever dataminers digging up all the game’s secrets.

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Bandai Namco hasn’t revealed exactly what players can expect from the Tales of Arise demo, but it’s likely an expanded version of the demo press got to check out around E3. Here’s what Wccftech’s own Francesco De Meo had to say about that demo

Having been a fan of the Tales series since Tales of Destiny, I am always eager to try out a new entry in the series, knowing well that I will find all those familiar elements that I have come to love over the years. While we still do not know how story and character interaction will develop in the game, as the preview version was rather light in this regard, the many tweaks introduced in the combat system do break this tradition somewhat.

As such, Tales of Arise feels like a proper step forward for the series, even though the low number of assignable Artes and the lack of a guard button do feel a little disorienting at first. Change requires sacrifices, however, so I am even more interested than before to see if the removal of some of the series' staples will have been worth it.

Need to know more about Tales of Arise? Here are the game’s key features:

  • Experience the story of the divided Renan and Dahnan people - The protagonists who will determine the fate of these two worlds are Alphen and Shionne. They will overcome hardships and grow together with their unique group of friends. Gorgeous animation by ufotable is inserted at key points in the story, adding more color to our protagonists’ journey.
  • A world of nature drawn with the “Atmospheric Shader” - We are introducing a new graphics shader, inspired by anime and watercolor painting. Characters with attractive designs travel among backgrounds filled with beautiful and delicate visuals.
  • Explore a world that feels alive - Explore the world of Dahna, where a mix of unique environments change in appearance based on the time of day. Climb over the rocky terrain, swim in rivers, gather around the campfire, cook food, head to the next town, defeat the master of an alien planet, and liberate the people!
  • Stylish action and battles - Through the new system “Boost Strike”, you can now chain combos of powerful attacks together with your party members. Chain Artes, Boost Attacks, and Boost Strike combos to take down your enemies!

Tales of Arise ascends onto PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5 on September 10. As mentioned, the demo will be available on all consoles on August 18.