Bandai Namco has filed a trademark Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn, suggesting either an expansion, spin-off or new media adaptation for the critically acclaimed 2021 JRPG. The trademarks were filed in Europe on 7 December, just a day ahead of The Game Awards where we might get an official reveal for this mysterious new project.
In addition to Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn, Bandai Namco also filed another trademark on 5 December for We Love Katamari REROLL+ Royal Reverie, which could be a remastered version of the PS2 title We Love Katamari. The remastered version of Katamari Damacy was renamed Katamari Damacy REROLL.
No details were mentioned in the trademark for Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn, but fans have speculated that it might be a standalone spin-off that expands the story of the original game. Others believe that it could be a traditional expansion, which makes sense as it has been over a year since the game launched and enough time has passed for Bandai Namco to have worked on new content. Bandai Namco already ruled out that they won’t make a direct sequel to the game.
The official description for Tales of Arise provided on the game’s Steam page reads:
“300 years of tyranny. A mysterious mask. Lost pain and memories. Wield the Blazing Sword and join a mysterious, untouchable girl to fight your oppressors. Experience a tale of liberation, featuring characters with next-gen graphical expressiveness!”
Tales of Arise is the latest chapter in the long-running Tales series of JRPG titles from Bandai Namco. Those looking to jump into the series won’t need to play it from the beginning as each new entry stands on its own and can be enjoyed without prior knowledge of the franchise. Tales of Arise is also an excellent entry point as it features some of the most streamlined and accessible combat in the series thus far, along with beautiful visuals and a compelling story.
Tales of Arise is currently available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.