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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies Players "Won't Feel Lost" if They Haven't Played Earlier Titles

Posted by Andy Green

The game's producer believes the series will continue after Dual Destinies

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.

Have you played the previous iterations of Ace Attorney? Will Dual Destinies be your first jump into the series? Let us know in the comment section below.


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GuSolarFlare said:

they say players won't feel lost. but I already feel lost because it's a download only game.... I feel lost because I'll have to skip this one......



Emblem said:

This series has always interested me but i never got around to it. I'll likely get this one though as it sounds promising.



Yasume said:

I like his statement about possible future installments. I really don't want this series to die.



Bass_X0 said:

I hope the story is as stong as the others and the characters as memorable. It depends on the quality of the translation.



BakaKnight said:

Loved the previous entries a lot!!!
Actually I would be even tempted to replay them before getting this new chapter, but I doubt I will have the time; good thing they are not strictly required. (Althought we all hope to see more than few "winks" at the previous entries, right? )

And... Capcom, fine with keeping the serie up, already can't wait! ...just not make us suffer again with doubts about western releases in future!!! >o<



BigDaddysPizza said:

If not enough fans get the game, we won't be getting the next Phoenix Wright game! Everyone needs to be buying this! We must show Capcom our support!
All aboard the hype train!!!!!



Intrepid said:

The thread on Capcom Unity for a physical release has almost 200 pages, and Capcom still refuses to comment. It may as well not exist to me is it isn't physical, so I'll have to skip it. I love Ace Attorney with a passion, but Capcom is in the wrong for limiting consumer's options and alienating their fans.



Tasuki said:

@BigDaddysPizza: I will only buy this game if Capcom offers a physical copy as well.

@Intrepid: Its probably because the guy that started the petition no longer works for Capcom so it might as well not exist.



Intrepid said:

@Tasuki The thread was created by Hours Left, and Sven made it the offical thread to ask. However, anyone who works at Capcom has the responsibility/ability to comment, but they choose not too. I'm positive Sven at least made sure that others knew of the thread's existence before leaving. Another employee by the name of Chris seems to be the most likely to respond, as he dealt with a similar thread that can be found here:

But yeah, I'm fairly certain that Capcom will cover their ears and bury their heads in the sand rather deal with this. It's just like them to ignore such demand. I swear, if we do get a physical release, I will probably be so excited about the box that I'll forget to play the game for at least an hour after getting it, lol.



Yasume said:

Why would anyone be in desperate need for a physical copy? I fail to see the point. Imo people just like to complain, that's all.



RaymanFan2 said:

I hope this is along the lines of 'the plot will be recapped really well' rather than 'we're leaving out all the references to the prior games because we want new players and f*** the old ones'.



Tasuki said:

@Yasume: Why would anyone prefer a digital copy over a physical one? I fail to see the point in that.

For me I dont like digital copies. For one thing I dont like how Nintendo handles digital purchases. I would probably be more open to it if Nintendo had an account based system like MS or Sony but they don't.

Second, what if I want the option of trading in the game? Can't do that with a digital version.

Third it has to do with options for me. I dont mind digital media I just think companies should offer both forms physical and digital. For me at least it feels like that Capcom doesn't care about us who want a physical copy. Sorry I don't like being bullied into buying something that I wont be happy with in the end and thats what it feels like to me. Buy the digital copy and shut up and be happy. Screw you Capcom.

YOu might be happy with digital media, and thats great I am happy for you. Buy I am not and thats just my opinion.



Bass_X0 said:

For me at least it feels like that Capcom doesn't care about us who want a physical copy.

Thats not it at all. The deal was release at digital or don't release at all. Those were the only two options available to Capcom. The third - release on cartridge and lose lots of money, just wasn't an option. There may seem like a large amount of vocal supporters for a cartridge release, but if it had have been on cartridge from the start, the amount of hype for Dual Destinies wouldn't have been anywhere near this much being digital only. Sure, people are complaining about the lack of cartridge release, but we wouldn't have been talking about it this much otherwise.



Balaclavab said:

The first Ace Attorney is my No.1 favourite game of all time.
I've played all of them except Gyakuten Kenji 2 (Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney Investigations 2), although I ordered it off play asia the other day, so hopefully it will arrive soon
I don't speak Japanese, but my brother got me a Japanese dictionary last Christmas just so I could play GK2



Yasume said:

@Tasuki Aside from it being easy to boot up, I don't think anyone really prefers a digital release over a physical release. Most people just don't make a big deal out of it and support the release anyway. Your points are fair, you don't want to lose your game if something happens to your 3DS, I get that. But I assume that you're quite fond of the series, so my guess is that you'd like to see more installments in the future, yeah? Capcom is well aware by now that there's a fairly large group out there who aren't a big fan of the digital release so I'm sure they'll fix that next time if it sells well. They let us know that this could very well be the last entry in the series for the west if it fails. So would you rather see the franchise die and miss out on a great game than play one of your most anticipated games ever (I know it is) and improve the chance of Capcom dropping more sequels?

Btw, I wasn't attacking you in particular. Just my two cents to the naysayers in general.



Fillytase said:

@Bass_X0 You're forgetting the "fourth option": release it digitally with a LIMITED cartridge release, which should hardly cost them anything considering the money they make from milking Resident Evil and Street Fighter. They're a world-class publisher and they can't even afford that? Yeah, I call BS. It worked for Fire Emblem, and it can work here, too. They just want to kill off Ace Attorney and then conveniently blame the fans instead of themselves for not giving it the attention it deserves. It's basically par for the course for Capcom.



Tasuki said:

@Bass_X0: That doesn't make sense losing money if they made it in cartridge form. How much money are they losing by not putting it on cartridge. I am sure that there are other people out there like me that are not going to buy the game digitally but would have bought a cartridge if one was available.

@Yasume: I know you werent attacking me its all cool. And to be quiet honest if they dont offer the option that best suits my needs than yes they might as well not release it at all. I know that sounds bad of me but what would it matter to me if they have it available but I wont get it that way. As I said before I am glad that some of you will get it digital and enjoy it but for me well there are other games out there for me.



DePapier said:

I'm obviously buying it in its download-only format but I don't see newcomers hoping in with that barrier, especially in Europe since the game is only translated in English.

Capcom is just cheaply restraining the franchise in my opinion.

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