Bandai Namco's Tales of Arise was (in our opinion) one of the low-key best games of 2021 on Xbox, but it won't be getting a direct sequel, and Producer Yusuke Tomiwaza has explained why in an interview with Edge magazine (via GamesRadar).
The game's sales proved to be a success, serving as the fastest-selling title in the series, but the lack of plans for a direct sequel (or expansion) is because the team wanted Arise's story to be complete "with a good aftertaste".
As a result, the plan now is for the team to "continue to take on the challenge of [...] acquiring new fans for further expansion of JRPGs," and ultimately "come up with a cutting-edge flagship title that builds on the success of Arise". They also teased that this would "provide an opportunity to rediscover the history of the series."
Interestingly, it was also noted that the Tales of Arise development team had a healthy rivalry with the studio working on Scarlet Nexus, with that game's Director (Kenji Anabuki) having previously worked on the Tales franchise.
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