Tales of Arise, which has been slated for a worldwide release for this year of 2020, has been announced to be delayed indefinitely.
The announcement comes with a blog post from Tales of Arise Producer Yusuke Tomizawa. The release date of Tales of Arise, which is broadly placed at "2020", has been delayed with its release date status now placed as "undecided". The rest of his message can be found in Japanese in the link above, or via the Bandai Namco EU website here.
Tomizawa-san explains that although the world is currently under threat from COVID-19, the main reason for their delay is that they need more time in order to attain their desired outcome for Tales of Arise - a game that will utilize the latest in technology as well as appeal to both series fans and RPG fans who haven't tried Tales.
Tomizawa-san writes: "A new launch window update will be provided once we have more details to share. In the meantime, the determination of our development team has not weakened. It is always darkest before the dawn, as illustrated in the image below. We hope you will join us as a bring a new Tales Of adventure to light."
He also provided a new illustration from their team featuring the game's main characters, which you can use as a wallpaper or a video conference background (lol). You can download it by clicking the image below.
They also announced that the official website will be updated tomorrow, possibly to reflect the change.
Despite the delay, we are still expecting to hear about updates on the game during this upcoming second Tales of Festival Alternative on July 5. A portion of the live stream was already prerecorded with Tales of Arise Producer Yusuke Tomizawa.
Also just announced is an online version of Tokyo Game Show 2020 to be held in September. More than anything, we're expecting more information there.
Tales of Ariseis now available for pre-order at the following shops: North America: