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Takumi: Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney Has a "Double Layered Story"

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Who could object to that?

Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney arrives in Japan at the end of November, which will lift the lid on one of the year's most intriguing cross-over titles. Combining the two different worlds — and their distinctive styles — within a medieval setting may sound slightly crazy, and that's probably because it is.

That doesn't stop people getting excited, of course, including the creator of the Ace Attorney series, Shu Takumi. In an interview with OtonaFami, as reported by Official Nintendo Magazine, Takumi explained how the setting and cross-over allowed him to explore new ideas that were previously unsuitable.

I wanted to [do] something I wouldn't be able to do in the proper Ace Attorney series. And I thought, isn't there something that would also fit to the fantasy-esque worlds of Professor Layton? 'Then it has to be the witch trials,' I thought. And regarding the mob trials, when I imagined a trial in a medieval world, a lawless image came to be, with people yelling "I saw it," "No, that's wrong!" It seemed interesting for the game, so I used that.

I felt that Professor Layton's adventure movie-esque elements shouldn't be absent. I think that the mystery element is really concentrated in the concept of the medieval witch trials. Things natural to the modern world, like fingerprint analyses or other scientific methods don't exist there. Instead, you're hurled into a world where the rules of science of the real world don't apply, where a witch exists who uses magic to commit crime.

In this incomprehensible situation, what are you going to use to build your logic and how are you going to defend your client? To find a way to turn things around in total darkness, that's the theme this time. On the other hand, Professor Layton is also solving puzzles, and with him chasing the secret behind the mysterious town, we have a double layered story.

Fans of both series are no doubt crossing their fingers that the concept will work, while those of us outside of Japan are simply hoping to get news of localisation in the West. While we wait and Japan gets ready for the case to begin, we may as well take another look at the Tokyo Game Show trailer from last month, below.

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KneehighPark said:

God, I can't wait for this game. I know there aren't any official announcements regarding localization, but all the signs point to yes



Webby said:

Must ... Have ... !!!

I really hope localization doesn't take as long as the first few Phoenix Wright games.



Tsuchinoko said:

I still love Layton's Japanese voice. Its funny because his voice actor is a fairly well known actor here (a lot of the Layton games have guests voices by really famous actors, but Layton and Luke are done by famous people as well). The actor's normal voice doesn't sound anything like his Layton voice either.



Tobias95 said:

I relay love the Layton series, it and pokemon is my two favoirte game series of alt time ^^



WiiLovePeace said:

I've played all the games released so far for both series' & am a huge fan of both so I know beyond any doubt that this game will be amazingly perfect & is going to blow my mind



Zombie_Barioth said:

Never played a Layton game before but it'll be interesting to finally give it a try. The thing I like about Japanese trailers is you get an idea what the game is like without having anything spoiled, assuming you can't read Japanese that is.



Jamouse said:

I love how, despite its fantasy setting, it still looks more like an Ace Attorney than AA5 :/



MagicEmperor said:

@gefflt Luke it voiced by a female in the UK and US releases, too.

This was the number one reason I got a 3DS to begin with. Just confirm it for the West. Please.

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