The Tales of series will be making its first appearance on PC next week with Tales of Zestiria, and there’ll be quite a lot of DLC – free and otherwise – available to celebrate.
So, the freebies first. There’ll be exclusive Mystic Artes for Mikleo, Lailah and Alisha on Bandai Namco’s VIP Corner – which is a thing that I didn’t know existed until now – in addition to “Alisha’s Story”, a new quest that’ll be free from launch until 18 November. You’ll also be able to get your hands on a free pack containing 23 skits and a free “starter pack”, although I have no idea what that actually means. I’m guessing some early-game healing items or something? No idea.
It’s probably worth bearing in mind that pre-ordering the game on Steam also offers some freebies. It’s that hideously annoying tiered unlock system, I’m afraid, but right now your pre-orders will get you a weapon skins set based on previous Tales of games, a set of costumes based on previous Tales of male characters, and a set of costumes based on previous Tales of female characters. The third and final pre-order reward (which has not yet been reached, so that’s far from guaranteed) is a free copy of Tales of Symphonia when that launches on Steam next year.
The rest of the announced DLC, as far as I can tell, is not free. Thankfully, it’s pretty much costume sets: Neon Genesis Evangelion costumes for Sorey, Alisha, Lailah, Edna, and Rose; an Idolmaster costume set with outfits, attachments, battle voices, and BGM for Alisha, Lailah, Edna, and Rose; a School Costume set; and a Seaside Resort Costume set.
All of this will be available when Tales of Zestiria launches on Steam on 20 October. You can get a vague idea of what’s on offer via the rather large graphic below.