Capcom's spiky-haired Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has enjoyed considerable critical success since his first DS appearance several years ago, but it seems the latest outing for his nemesis/friend Miles Edgeworth won't see the light of day in the Western world.
Capcom's corporate officer Christian Svensson recently revealed the publisher had decided not to localise the game into English due to a projected lack of sales to cover the translation costs. Naturally fans were not pleased about this, starting up petitions and taking to the Capcom Unity forums. Svensson also posted to explain a little more about the reality of bringing a text and character-heavy title to the West:
The costs of localization are higher than the forecasted return. And no, it wouldn't sell more than Okamiden (which has already sold more than the first Investigations).
Could this content show up on some other platform somewhere down the line? Possibly, but there's nothing on that front for me to talk about. I realize there are fans who would like to have this and I'll be sure to explore ways that could happen viably in the future with our strategy and R&D teams but no promises.
While it looks like we won't be playing through Edgeworth's latest solo adventure, Svensson is keen to stress that this doesn't mean the end of the series as a whole:
I said Investigations 2 isn't planned to come on Nds to the West. I've said nothing about the franchise as a whole.
With Level-5 handling localisation duties on Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright hopefully we'll still see Capcom's characters make their way to the West.