Exclusive to IGN, Bandai Namco and Koei Tecmo Games have revealed the first images from the upcoming special collaboration update between Tales of Arise and Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of Magical Dreams. Tales of Arise is released in September 2021 and Atelier Sophie 2 will take place on February 25, and as both series celebrate their 25th anniversary, a set of collaborative items will be made available in each game via an update.
It is not yet clear whether the updates for each game will be free or require a fee, and the exact dates of the updates have also not been confirmed.
Tales of Arise players will receive the Atelier Sophie 2 Collaboration Pack, which includes a variety of items, the first of which we were able to reveal is Sophie’s Flower Hairpin, which allows players to decorate an Arise character of their choice with Sophie flavor. Below is a picture of the hairpin worn by Plachta, Olias, Alette and Diebold.
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Similarly, Atelier Sophie 2 players will have access to the Tales of Arise Collaboration Accessory set, which includes Alphen’s Iron Mask, which can be fitted to an Atelier Sophie 2 character of their choice. In the images below, you can see the mask is the work of Rinwell, Law, and Kisara.
Four illustrators from both series, along with the Blue Reflection series also by Atelier series developer Gust, have come together for a collaborative illustration celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary. The painting features four female characters from each game posing together, each drawn by a different artist: Minoru Iwamoto, Yuugen, Noco, and Mel Kishida.
At a recent workshop event held in Tokyo to celebrate the collaboration, the four illustrators spoke to IGN Japan about their design process and how they worked together on the commemorative artwork. new concept.
Talking about the collaborative illustration, Minoru Iwamoto, the art director and character designer for Tales of Arise, said, “In Tales of Arise, Shionne doesn’t usually appear in an all-women group, so here it is. was a scene unfamiliar to her. I wanted to express her surprise at being surrounded by Sophie and the others, as she tried to fit in with them. ”
Yuugen, artist of Atelier Sophie 2, said, “Having four illustrators work together on one painting resulted in a work with a lot of hidden depth.” Meanwhile, artist Mel Kishida reflected that “Blue Reflection is different from other games because it has a modern setting, so I wanted to capture that disagreement. I hope the girls get along well! ”
Iwamoto explains how series like Dark Souls and Game of Thrones inspired his designs on Tales of Arise.
“Given the recent trend of open world games, it was difficult to decide how the team wanted to depict the action sequences in Tales of Arise. We thought of choosing a Dark Souls-like fighting style with realistic movements or a manga/anime inspired style. In the end, I feel we’ve found a style that really fits the visuals of the series.
“I personally like things like Dark Souls and Game of Thrones, but can’t bring that style to Tales of Arise exactly. That said, I believe the sense of excitement you get from Dark Souls or Game of Thrones is reflected in Tales of Arise. ”
Noco, another character designer on Atelier Sophie 2, said she toyed with changing the design of the main character, who was set up in the previous game. “I came up with about 15 designs, some of which were out of the ordinary, like dressing her up in menswear. But in the end I decided I liked the original design best.”
More information on the collaborative update will be announced on February 22nd in a live (in Japanese only) broadcast by Koei Tecmo Games.
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