Soulcalibur artist makes Tales of Arise Launch Celebration Artwork

Soulcalibur and Tekken concept artist Hiroaki Kawagoe created Tales of Occur artwork to celebrate the game’s launch. The oil painting style features the game’s two main characters, Shionne and Alphen.

Hiroaki Kawagoe has been working on Bandai Namco games since 1999, starting as a stage designer for Tekken Tag Tournament. He was later to continue working as a director on stage design Tekken 4, before becoming director Soulcalibur III and Soulcalibur Legends. Kawagoe has also worked as an illustrator on Arms and Mario Kart 8.

The official Tales of Occur Twitter account has shared launch artworks made by various artists over the last month. Last week, it unveiled works of art by Shionne, Kisara and Rinwell, from two prominent Bandai Namco artists Kiyotaka Tamiya and Daigo Okumura. Tamiya has previously worked on Tales of Legendia. Okumura was working on Tales of Xillia 2 and Scarlet Nexus. Earlier this month, it also featured launch artwork by Law, Kisara and Dohalim created by the art director of Scarlet Nexus.

Tales of Occur recently reached a significant milestone of 1.5 million copies sold just two days ago. Bandai Namco celebrated the achievement with special works of art by character designer Minoru Iwamoto. This piece featured Law and Rinwell along with her pet Hootle.

Tales of Occur is currently available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC.

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