Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is already out in Japan and topped the software charts in its first week of release. It will be heading to the West this Fall but will only be available as a download from the 3DS eShop.
This will be the first title in the main series to emerge since 2008 and it's possible many people won't have played the original titles at all. Naturally, these individuals may feel they won't be able to get into the series at this point as they won't know what's going on. However, in an interview with Game Trailers the game's producer Motohide Eshiro believes Dual Destinies is perfect for newcomers and said people "won't feel that lost" by starting with the 3DS adaptation.
If you start with Dual Destinies you really won't feel that lost. It is a brand new story we have revamped the user interface and done a couple of other tweaks to make the it a little more user friendly for newcomers. What we haven't done is made the game easier, because that wasn't what we were trying to do. But I think we did succeed in making it easier to get into and I would even suggest that playing this one first and then going back and playing the older ones on your DS or iOS or something like that is a perfectly legitimate way to enjoy the series as well. I think this one would be a pretty good starting point actually.
Eshiro also feels the series won't end with Dual Destinies and we'll have more Ace Attorney titles in the future, though the direction of the franchise is not yet known:
I can tell you that once it's out there and once we see what people think, we'll have a good idea on what direction to go in next. I personally love the Ace Attorney universe. I don't want it to end, I don't think it will end with this. Exactly what shape it will take remains to be seen - can't talk too much about that now, but I highly doubt this will be the end of Ace Attorney and Phoenix Wright.
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