How Long is Tales of Arise, Producer Q&A on Length, Story DLC, Sequel
New details on Tales of Arise
We’re back with more details on Tales of Arise translated from the Q&A held by producer Yusuke Tomizawa on the latest stream, this time with some general answers regarding the game’s length, story, and hypothetical DLC, sequels, and prequels. Lastly, TomizawaP actually spoiled something about the ending.
The Q&A was over one hour long with tons of interesting development details. For example, we learned how the seiyuu in Tales of Arise were picked through auditions. None of the party members were made with a seiyuu already typecasted. The cast also recorded together as much as possible.
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How long it takes to beat Tales of Arise?
One fan asked Yusuke Tomizawa how long is Tales of Arise. Here’s his answer.
Yusuke Tomizawa: “Needless to say it’ll depend on your playstyle. But overall, I can say it’ll be around the same length as Tales of Berseria. Of course, the game will have a lot of side content and replayability for second runs as well.”
Tales of Berseria had an acceptable amount of side-content, so this is reassuring for Arise. One thing I was worried about was the development team focusing all its efforts on the main story, ending up with a barebones game outside its main scenario.
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Will Tales of Arise get a story DLC, a prequel or a sequel?
Next, one fan, who was definitely referencing the Tales of Zestiria Alisha controversy and DLC, asked if Tales of Arise‘s story will actually be completed without having to buy DLC. Another fan similarly asked whether Arise will get an additional game to fully complete its storylines, similarly to Tales of Xilia 1 and 2, or Tales of Zestiria and Berseria.
Yusuke Tomizawa: “The story of Tales of Arise resolves itself in the game. We do have DLC content like in the Limited Edition, but all the story is in the base game. I guarantee it. Moreover, Arise is fundamentally a stand-alone game. We don’t plan to link it with another game, and it will conclude itself in this one game. There will be Tales of Arise collaboration content in the crossover mobile games, but it’ll be completely unrelated to the main game. Even if you don’t play the mobile games you’ll still be able to enjoy Tales of Arise.”
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Tales of Arise ending spoiler
Lastly, one fan asked the most straightforward question you could ever ask, whether the ending of Tales of Arise is a happy ending or a bad ending. To be fair, that’s a valid concern seeing the game starts with some pretty grim stakes. Protagonist Alphen and co are fighting against slavery and discrimination. Heroine Shionne is cursed to inflict pain on anyone she touches, etc.
Yusuke Tomizawa answered: “Well, I don’t want to spoil, but ever since the planning phase of Tales of Arise, we decided from the start it’ll be a game that leaves you with a good aftertaste once you’ve completed it. That’s the kind of game it’ll be. I can’t tell you anything else. As for how the game will reach that good aftertaste, and how it’ll taste like, you’ll have to play it to find out”.
All these questions are answered starting the 1:20:40 timestamp of the stream, linked below.
Tales of Arise is releasing in Japan on September 9, and worldwide on September 10, on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. You can always reach me on Twitter @A_iyane07 to discuss the series.
How long is Tales of Arise and how many hours it takes to reach the ending (September 8, 2021, Update)
Tales of Arise reviews are out, and according to those who got the game early, it takes around 50 hours to beat the game and reach the ending. This is while playing normally, as in not particularly rushing, but not clearing all the side content either. As we explained above, clearing everything will take you many more hours of gameplay.