Our first real look at Tales of Arise gameplay is finally here. In the near eight minute video embedded above, we get to see the upcoming RPG in action — and we must admit that our hype is building.
The gameplay highlights both exploration and combat. The former looks fairly standard, with large, open areas and free movement, but the environments themselves are detailed and show promise. The combat, however, has really caught our eye. A number of battles are sprinkled throughout the video, and at first glance, the new system looks fantastic. It's got all of the flash and style that you'd expect from a Tales game, but there's clear potential for massive combos and crazy team attacks. Simply put, we can't wait to get our hands on it.
While it's difficult to properly discern the combat mechanics and systems from this video alone, fights do seem to be more freeform than what we've seen from previous Tales titles. Each character has a dedicated dodge, and you can jump between party members in the blink of an eye. Actions appear to be limited by the spheres above a character's health bar, but they refill very quickly. Again, it looks great in motion.
Tales of Arise is coming to both PS5 and PS4 this September — a release date was just announced. Here's hoping that we see a lot more of the game over the next few months.