With this release being download only, Capcom has issued a statement to Kotaku to acknowledge the disappointment around the web, and to explain its reasoning:
Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the game for as long as possible. With that in mind we have opted for a digital only release via the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
We understand that this decision may upset fans who wanted to have a physical version of the title to add to their collection but we believe this direction is the best to take to ensure that fans are able to enjoy the game at their own leisure.
We will be confirming details on the price point soon so please stay tuned for more information on the latest in the Ace Attorney series.
In recent times we've been picking up plenty of information from Japan on Ace Attorney 5, while doing little to hide the fact that we were anxious for news of Western localisation. Rather delightfully, Capcom has now confirmed just that, with a Fall/Autumn arrival on the 3DS eShop in North America and Europe, with a fresh name — Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies. Capcom's press release only confirms a download release, once again showing the potential of the eShop to make localised titles less of a financial risk for publishers.
We're rather excited by this news here at Nintendo Life Towers, and it's nice to get concrete details on much of what we've gleaned from Japanese trailers and coverage. An excerpt from the press release below reveals more details, and at the bottom of the page is a rather terrific trailer, which gets the hype train up and running rather nicely.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, previously announced for the West as Ace Attorney 5, sees the return of courtroom hero Phoenix Wright. Set eight years since his last appearance in the courts, the first case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies sees the action start in a destroyed court room. It’s down to Phoenix Wright and his team at the Wright Anything Agency to discover the cause of the destruction. Players will have to battle it out in court against Gaspen Payne, the younger brother of Winston Payne from previous Ace Attorney titles, as they defend the accused.
The much loved gameplay and features from previous titles in the Ace Attorney series return but for the first time with stunning 3D graphics, bringing the courtroom and characters to life and putting players directly in the heart of the action. Players will need to investigate each crime scene with dynamic 3D visuals, making it possible to change views and zoom-in on areas to uncover any hidden evidence or clues. The drama continues in the court room as players present their evidence, challenge witnesses and begin to unravel the truth behind each of the cases in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies.
Joining Phoenix is the young Attorney Apollo Justice and new Associate Attorney Athena Cykes. Athena’s unique ability to psychoanalyse witnesses introduces a brand new element to proceedings. Using Athena’s ‘Mood Matrix’ players can detect the emotional state of a witness and tell whether they’re surprised, angry, happy or sad. Players can compare these feelings with the statement given by the witness, point out any contradictions between the two and challenge the witness testimony.
So, just how pleased are you with this news, and what are your thoughts on it being download-only?