Tales of Arise producer Yusuke Tomizawa has told Edge magazine (via GamesRadar) that a sequel to last year's popular action RPG simply isn't on the cards. If we recall correctly, Bandai Namco released a similar statement before the launch of Arise, saying that the game was designed to be a satisfying, standalone story. But given the success that the title has found — it immediately became the fastest selling instalment in Tales' history — potential plans for a sequel were probably reassessed at some point.
Again though, it ain't happening. Instead of crafting a sequel, Tomizawa wants the team to deliver "a cutting-edge flagship title that builds on the success of Arise, while also providing an opportunity to rediscover the history of the series". Given how highly we rate Arise, we're looking forward to seeing what's next for the property.
Direct sequels to Tales games have been few and far between, but they do exist. For example, Tales of Xillia got Tales of Xillia 2 back on the PlayStation 3, and the beloved Tales of Symphonia got the divisive Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. It's also worth mentioning Tales of Zestiria, which got a kind-of-prequel in Tales of Berseria.
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