Tales of Arise Streaming Guidelines Will Be Supportive of Content Creators

Bandai Namco producer Yusuke Tomizawa assures it'll be totally OK to stream Tales of Arise.

By Iyane Agossah

September 5, 2021

Tales of Arise producer Yusuke Tomizawa stated the upcoming JRPG will have its streaming guidelines published soon, content creators and streamers will be able to stream the game fine.

Restrictive steaming guidelines is a typical thing when it comes to Japanese games. This became a well-known issue outside Japan in 2017 with the streaming guidelines published by Atlus when Persona 5 released in the west, and with Persona 5 Royal a few years later.

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TALES OF ARISE – Official Opening Animation

TALES OF ARISE – Official Opening Animation

Japanese games’ streaming guidelines, explained

Streaming guidelines from Japanese companies can usually be divided into two categories. The first case is when fans are asked to refrain from streaming the game or sharing videos. Sometimes until a certain date after release. This often happens with ADV games (often mixed up with visual novels outside Japan) and games with a huge story focus.

A recent example would be Tsukihime Remake A Piece of Blue Glass Moon. Type-Moon asked players to avoid streaming the game or making videos. Type-Moon also asked fans to avoid publicly sharing spoilers for two weeks after release. From August 26 to September 8.

Personally, I believe this is the result of some companies not seeing the marketing potential of streaming. They believe Let’s Plays will only hurt their business, instead of promoting the game. There’s also how Japanese companies tend to wish to control everything about their product. If I was a Caucasian man high on a very popular drug called Orientalism, I’d say this is due to the Japanese-exclusive philosophical concepts of Zen and Stillness, with Japanese companies unused to change. Jokes asides, more and more companies are actually changing, publishing guidelines allowing Japanese streamers on sites such as Mildom to stream and monetize their content. Square Enix recently did that with Dragon Quest for example.

Anyways, that’s the first category most Japanese games’ streaming guidelines fall in. The second category is when streaming the game is fully allowed, as long as spoilers are properly tagged. This is probably what Bandai Namco will do with Tales of Arise.

Tales of Arise streaming guidelines will actually allow you to stream the game

At the end of a recent Tales of Arise stream with Famitsu, producer Yusuke Tomizawa explained streaming the JRPG will be “totally OK” and that the actual guidelines will be published a bit before release. He also noted Tales of Arise is the first Tales of Series game getting a worldwide release, so everything is being put in place so everyone can enjoy the game at the same time. You can hear TomizawaP mentioning all that starting the 1:03:00 mark of the stream linked below.

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Tales of Arise is coming to PC (Steam) PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. There is no Switch version of the game. The JRPG releases on September 9 in Japan, and September 10 worldwide. Which means that depending on your timezone you can play it on September 8 if you’re grabbing the Japanese version. You can always reach me on Twitter @A_iyane07 to chat about the game.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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