Tales of Festival 2020 stream will definitely be a fun watch though as it’ll feature the seiyuu of Lloyd and Zelos, Katsuyuki Konishi and Masaya Onosaka.
Bandai Namco announced a new Tales of Festival stream will be held on June 14, and it’ll include the “latest information on the Tales of Series, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020″, but it was also made clear that “There will be no announcements and game news”, meaning no Tales of Arise news.
Instead, this stream is an appetizer for Tales of Festival 2020, which was delayed from 2020 to March 6, March 7, 2021, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme of the stream is to enjoy Tales of Festival from home (with the hashtag #おうちでテイフェス), and will be including the having fun together part of Tales of Festival, not the new announcements part.
— 『テイルズ オブ』シリーズ イベント【公式】 (@talesof_evinfo) June 5, 2020
Officially titled the Tafes 2020 Alternative ~Preemptive Live Stream~, the stream will feature the seiyuu of Lloyd and Zelos from Tales of Symphonia: Katsuyuki Konishi and Masaya Onosaka. Both are official ambassadors and regulars appearing in Tales of events.
Tales of Arise was first announced at E3 2019, so this June it’s been a full year since then. It’d be great if Bandai Namco revealed more about the game now, especially showing us some actual gameplay and the battle system. The last time we got brand new details on the game was at Tokyo Game Show 2019 last September. Plus, while Tales of Arise was announced for 2020, I’m personally expecting a delay to 2021 to be announced, seeing the pandemic slowed down everything. Wouldn’t be too weird for the game to launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X too. The latest main game, Tales of Berseria, launched in August 2016 on both PS3 and PS4 in Japan. It released on PS4 and PC in the west in January 2017.
Tales of Arise was also supposed to be featured at the postponed to summer and then canceled Taipei Game Show 2020. That was planned from February 6 to February 9, 2020. However, there was no guarantee that new information was to be shared there, and in my opinion, it would have simply been an event showing previous trailers but subbed in Chinese.
Moreover, it’s important to note the case of Idolmaster Starlit Season, another upcoming Bandai Namco game. A live stream for the game was supposed to be held during Niconico Net Chokaigi 2020, but it was canceled, and never rescheduled. We didn’t get news on the game since then. It obviously didn’t mean that it got canceled or anything, but it’s interesting to see how Covid-19 messed up two upcoming big Bandai Namco releases. Hopefully they’ll manage to get over this hurdle. And maybe Tales of Arise will have a surprise appearance on one of the billion different events this summer. Check our schedule if you’re understandably having a hard time keeping track of everything.
Lastly, in related news, Tales of Crestoria on mobile was indefinitely delayed from its early June release for its final adjustments. In cases like these, a new, and imminent release date tends to be announced fast, so I don’t believe we’ll wait much longer, and I hope the development team manages to polish the game as wanted.
You can check everything we know so far on Tales of Arise, the trailers, screenshots, along with translated interviews, comments from the cast and staff, with our past coverage here, here, here, here, and here.
Tales of Arise is officially scheduled to launch in 2020 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Last but not least, as a reminder, Bandai Namco also stands with Black Lives Matter, which is expected seeing a recurrent theme in Tales of games is racism, including in Tales of Arise, that will downright include slavery. But apparently Japanese Media Aren’t Political ¯_(ツ)_/¯
— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) June 3, 2020