Tales of Arise Beyond the Dawn Length and Carry Over

Announced during Sony's latest State of Play, Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn is a story-driven expansion for 2021's Tales of Arise. It takes place roughly one year after the events of the base game, which obviously leads to a lot of questions regarding the DLC's structure. Fortunately, Bandai Namco general producer Yusuke Tomizawa has detailed what we can expect over on the official PlayStation Blog.

Tomizawa makes two key points in the article. The first is that Beyond the Dawn takes "more than 20 hours" to complete, so it's a pretty sizeable expansion — although the producer does note that he "took his time" during his playtest. We're likely looking at a DLC that lasts between 10 and 20 hours, then.

The second point explains how Beyond the Dawn will slot into the overall experience. As mentioned, it's a post-game adventure — but you won't be bringing all of your character levels and equipment over to the new content.

This is in the interest of balancing the DLC, apparently. Tomizawa explains: "A certain level of skills and other statuses are provided at the start [of Beyond the Dawn], and we did not adopt a simple transfer of levels and statuses from the main game."

However, based on your achievements in the core campaign, Tomizawa confirms that you'll unlock certain bonuses upon starting Beyond the Dawn: "We have prepared bonuses such as money and skill points based on the clear data of the main game."

It's perhaps a bit of a kicker for those players who have spent hours maximising their party's effectiveness, but we're willing to give the development team the benefit of the doubt here. Hopefully it all works out when the expansion releases on the 9th November.

What do you make of this? Are you okay with leaving much of your progress behind in order to play the DLC? Don't get burned in the comments section below.

[source blog.playstation.com]