Publisher Bandai Namco has filed a trademark application for Tales of Arise Beyond the Dawn.
The trademark was filed in Europe earlier today and is currently being examined by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The branding could mean that Bandai is working on a sequel to last year’s Tales of Arise. It can also be linked to an expansion of the RPG. But last year, the game’s developers stated that there were no plans for a direct sequel or expansion. This may mean that this trademark is associated with an indirect sequel or prequel to Tales of Arise. As always, this brand new doesn’t necessarily confirm the existence of an expansion or sequel of some kind, but we wanted to share nonetheless.
We will update you as soon as more information regarding the Tales series arrives.
Tales of Arise was released last year for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S and PC. This is what we wrote about the game in our review:
Besides the two display modes, the PlayStation 5 version also supports touch via the Dual Sense controller. Haptics are used during cutscenes and gameplay, and their implementation is far from the best we’ve seen so far on PS5. It helps get players a feel for what’s going on during certain sequences, so they’re still welcome.
The soundtrack also contributes greatly to the excellent atmosphere of the game. Written by long-running series composer Motoi Sakuraba, the Tales of Arise soundtrack features tons of orchestral and atmospheric pieces, with the composer mostly ditching the prog-rock that has graced the series’ soundtracks for a while now. Adding dynamic tracks in select dungeons makes the entire audio production more cohesive. Tales of Arise also features English and Japanese dubs, both of which are of very high quality.
Being faithful while being able to innovate some of the series’ staples is Tales of Arise’s greatest achievement. Although only the combat mechanics feel different, Bandai Namco has done a great job of addressing some of the criticisms of the previous entries in the series, laying a solid foundation for future innovations. At the end of the day, Tales of Arise may not be the best entry in the series, but it does come very close to it.