New Tales of Arise Trailer Raises Lots of Questions

What Does Shionne Want With Alphen and Dahna?

Well, it’s 2021, and as promised, we’re finally getting some news from the Tales of Arise team. The good news is that the new trailer is gorgeous and fascinating, the bad news is that it raises more questions than it answers. This new video puts the turbulent relationship between protagonists Alphen and Shionne front and center, and it looks like things are going to be very complicated between our two heroes. It also confirms that the burning sword Alphen uses belongs to Shionne, and he can’t activate it without her. In other words, he needs her, and she’s very keen on making sure he understands that. We’re getting pretty excited to find out what her deal is.

Sword-related issues aside, this trailer makes it clear that Alphen and Shionne come from two different worlds, figuratively and literally. Alphen, hailing from the devastated planet of Dahna, describes himself as a slave and is actively fighting for freedom. Shionne, meanwhile, descended willingly from the planet of Rena, which has been plundering Dahna and its people for the last 300 years. She is under a curse which causes pain to anyone she touches, but Alphen can’t feel pain, which means they’re basically a match made in heaven. You know, if you can look past the whole ‘your people enslaved mine’ thing, which is kind of a big stumbling block. What cause–or threat–could possibly unite these unlikely partners? We can’t wait to find out.

The trademarks at the end of the new trailer hint that Tales of Arise might be coming to PS5 and Xbox Series S|X. We’re pretty hyped to see a Tales of game on current generation hardware. How about you?

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