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New Ace Attorney Title Confirmed to be in Development

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Hopefully being pointed towards 3DS

Although its download-only release format won't have been to the taste of all series fans, gamers outside of Japan thankfully got a chance to play the latest entry in the Ace Attorney series — Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies — on the 3DS eShop; we thought it turned out rather well, awarding 9/10 in our review.

The Director of that game, Takeshi Yamazaki, has stated in a group interview with 4gamer that his team is already working on the next entry in the series, though there were no details confirming a platform. Ace Attorney series veteran and director of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, Shu Takum, is also working on a new project, though no further information was given.

In a comment for retro enthusiasts old and young, meanwhile, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara producer Kenji Sugiura has teased that another Capcom classic will be revived this year; considering the depth of the company's retro library that could be any number of things. We have a suspicion on what many fans would like to see, however.

This was a Japan-centric interview, so how many of these projects come to the West and in what form will be interesting to see. What classic game do you want Capcom to revive, and are you keen to play another Ace Attorney game on 3DS?

[via destructoid.com, 4gamer.net]

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User Comments (70)

Warruz

#1

Warruz said:

All i can say is I am Ultra Excited. I do wish though they decide to bring the older games to Dual Destinies Graphics and make a collection at some point.

Music to set the tone

MrGawain

#2

MrGawain said:

Hurrah!

You would assume it would be a 3ds game... otherwise I doubt they would make another one at all.

Warruz

#3

Warruz said:

@MrGawain It could be another Smartphone port for Apollo's games, or maybe they are finally releasing the English Android version of the first 3.

Bass_X0

#6

Bass_X0 said:

If its for 3DS, you can bet it'll be digital only again. Which doesn't bother me.

Dave24

#7

Dave24 said:

I hope it won't take as long to make like this one and will be released outside of Japan.

Deathgaze

#8

Deathgaze said:

Hopefully not a Nintendo platform, it might mean it has a better chance of being physical.

KeeperBvK

#14

KeeperBvK said:

"has teased that another Capcom classic will be revived this year"

Not much time left in this year. ;)

GabCormier

#15

GabCormier said:

To those fearing AA won't come to 3ds, do I have to remind that Phoenix Wright has been EXCLUSIVELY on Nintendo's handheld? 1,2,3 were all on GBA (Ported to DS later) and Apollo justice was on DS (I don't know about investigations, but I'm pretty sure it was on DS only)

And Dual destinies is on 3ds download.

WHY in the world would they ditch Nintendo for someone else? Unless they got bad sales, which they haven't:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/interest/2013-07-31/japan-video-game-rankings-july-22-28

roryscott

#16

roryscott said:

Yes! Ace Attorney is my favourite video game series. Hopefully Maya will return in the next one. :D

jord91

#17

jord91 said:

Yes love pheonix wright,we need zero escape 3 adwel thats pretty much my game of the year!

Mytoemytoe

#19

Mytoemytoe said:

In Justice We Trust!

This is news I needed to hear. AA:DD has been tops on the eShop charts for a long while, though who knows how many units they actually ended up selling. The 5th game in the series was the best yet and I can't wait for the next one.

pkee

#20

pkee said:

After Just Finishing DD, I can only hope it's on 3DS. Far Moe suited to handheld gameplay in my opinion. Thankfully Layton x Wright is in the pipeline!

PrincessEevee9

#21

PrincessEevee9 said:

It had better be Megaman or bust. Unless they can top Capcom oldest biggest seller and fan favorite for a new series or continuation game.

TravisTouchdown

#24

TravisTouchdown said:

I surely hope it's for 3DS. Despite being a 3rd party developer, Capcom has pretty much kept the Ace Attorney series on Nintendo systems. I'd be pretty bummed if Ace Attorney 6 was exclusive to the Vita since I don't own or want one. However, it most likely will be. If it's digital only, I'd be fine with that too.

My impossible wish: It's a 3-way crossover, starring Phoenix and his Psyche-Lock gameplay, Apollo and his Perception gameplay, and Edgeworth with his Investigation gameplay with Trucy, Maya, Ema, Kay, & Athena as sidekicks.

Deathgaze

#26

Deathgaze said:

@CaviarMeths Wishful thinking more so. For instance maybe Sony has cheaper royalty fees for Vita than Nintendo's 3DS? I dunno. But I don't like digital so I didn't buy 5, though I love 1-4.

WaLzgiStaff

#27

WaLzgi said:

@Lithium I doubt royalty fees would affect the decision that much. Also, the Vita does not have nearly the numbers that the 3DS does, so it would actually have a LESS chance of being physical...

MAN1AC

#28

MAN1AC said:

They're releasing them too fast :( I started the series but I'm only half way through the 1st game. Its good though.

DarkKirby

#29

DarkKirby said:

I will probably buy it anyway no matter how much I hate digital only combined with Nintendo's horse manure console tied digital purchases, but Dual Destinies was underwhelming, although nowhere as bad as Apollo Justice.

Where is Investigations 2?

GabCormier

#30

GabCormier said:

@Warruz 10 years after the initial release? And even though they released on Smartphone, it doesn't mean they'll ditch Nintendo for that.

BlatantlyHeroic

#38

BlatantlyHeroic said:

@KnightRider666 Then you're just holding yourself back. They don't need you to buy it, everyone who likes the series will, and you'll just be depriving yourself. You need to stop being idealistic and be more realistic.

K964

#39

K964 said:

Good news! I just got another eShop card so that I could download Dual Destinies. I'm sort of marathoning the series in order to be ready for the Professor Layton crossover.

RaymanFan2

#40

RaymanFan2 said:

Shu Takumi, guys.
Notice the i at the end.

Also awesome. I hope Takumi is working on a new Ghost Trick.
Note that the wording of the interview meant that the possibility is still open that Takumi is working on the same thing as Yamazaki. It wasn't confirmed or denied.

FlyingKickPunch

#41

FlyingKickPunch said:

HOLD IT! They probably didn't elaborate on a platform because all the other games have been on Nintendo handhelds.
At any rate, I'm just happy to hear they're making another new one.

brandonbwii

#44

brandonbwii said:

@darkgamer001
Stronger attach rate as Nintendo system owners tend not to buy 3rd party games. So physical might make sense on another platform while playing it safe digitally makes more business sense on 3ds, where you can be happy with 100,000 download instead of 100,000,000 retail purchases.

Unfortunately I think the revived classic he may be referencing is still Strider if it hasn't been released yet which is not coming to a Nintendo platform. :(

darkgamer001

#45

darkgamer001 said:

@brandonbwii
"as Nintendo system owners tend not to buy 3rd party games"
...Monster Hunter, nuff said.
Besides, a release on a console/handheld away from the handheld its target audience already owns is even more of a risk than a physical release on Nintendo systems

TheLilK98

#46

TheLilK98 said:

The download-only thing was the reason I skipped DD. If it's physical I'll buy it, if not then I'll pass.

Tasuki

#50

Tasuki said:

@Bass_X0: Cause none of them untill the last one weren't digital only.

@KnightRider666: Dude I completely agree with you. Even though I love the Phoenix Wright games I refuse to by it if they dont give us the option of digital and physical.

WitchSugoi

#52

WitchSugoi said:

@Lithium: The game was download only for international release because the previous entry's international sales failed to live up to Capcom's expectations. In Japan, the series is still going strong. There is no incentive for them to skip the 3DS entirely when the physical sale numbers in their biggest market are fine. If AA5 has done poorly internationally then chances are we simply won't another localization or AA6 will be another digital only game. Switching to the Vita will not solve that problem.

AJWolfTill

#54

AJWolfTill said:

@DarkKirby
Did you prefer Ace Investigations to Apollo and Dual Destinies? I loved the first three Phoenix Wright games but am finding Ace Investigations pretty mediocre, which has slowed my progress through the series.

Deathgaze

#55

Deathgaze said:

@PrincessSugoi I know I know, as I said in another comment it's more so wishful thinking. I didn't buy #5 because it was digital - I don't like digital so voting with my wallet. I was hoping maybe Sony would publish it as a 2nd party title if it was Vita so there would be far more of a chance of a physical copy. But as I said, wishful thinking. I would like to play #6 and stay true to my beliefs in ownership of video games oppose to digital "rental"

Bass_X0

#58

Bass_X0 said:

I would like to play #6 and stay true to my beliefs in ownership of video games oppose to digital "rental"

I used to rent games all the time. Lots of people did. Dual Destinies costs $30 so think of it in terms of paying for a long-term rental then. if and when you happen to lose access to it, just work out if you played it enough for it to have been worth the cost of renting it. Or make sure you play it and replay it enough for it to have been worth the cost of renting it. You aren't against just renting games are you?

Olaf-symbiote

#60

Olaf-symbiote said:

@KnightRider666 If you decide to skip download-only Ace Attorney games, be my guest, as it is your choice. However, I doubt the majority of Ace Attorney fans follows your example. If the sales of DD have been good (as I think they have been), Capcom will most likely keep releasing them in this format, and no amount of complaining from a minority that prefers physical releases will make them change their mind.

I don't think there's that much difference between physical and digital, to be honest. Sometimes when I'm playing the game, I even forget that it's the digital version. And if your 3DS breaks down, Nintendo will fix it, and most likely return your games. I see you're very idealistic about physical cartridges, though, so I doubt you'll change your mind, but remember that you're missing out on one of the best Ace Attorney titles.

Bass_X0

#62

Bass_X0 said:

I own a lot of digital games. On Wii, XBOX 360 and 3DS. I don't think of them as "long term rentals". Since I've started downloading digital games back in 2006, I've never lost a downloaded game I paid for. I've had to have my 3DS repaired and redownload corrupted games but I have never lost any.

Ownership is a state of mind. Its not an actual physical thing. I just had to repurchase a retail game because it stopped working on my console. Therefore, my original retail disc that I paid for was actually just a long term rental too. I owned the disc just as much as I own my digtal games. But I just downloaded my corrupted digital game for free, whereas I had to pay to repurchase the retail disc. None of my consoles or handhelds have stopped working beyond repair so thats not an issue.

TheLilK98

#64

TheLilK98 said:

@Olaf-symbiote While I prefer physical to digital, that's not the only reason. I simply don't have the space on my SD card for it, and I'm not buying a new one any time soon.

B3ND3R

#65

B3ND3R said:

Fingers crossed for a Wii U version! I know it's most likely going to be a 3ds title, but I'd love to see the gloriously animated 3d models in HD!!

TheLilK98

#67

TheLilK98 said:

@Bass_X0 Like I said, I don't download games like that to begin with. but if you must know, mostly indie titles, DLC, and some apps. My card is 2GB, and I'm not going to delete any of my games or DLC as I already paid for and have beaten them, and I'd rather not lose the data.

mch

#68

mch said:

@Jowy
Wow, time has past fast.. Thanks for your quote. I started with "Justice for All" on my 3ds XL of course and I really like it.. I think I'm in about the middle of the game.

Deathgaze

#69

Deathgaze said:

@mch Good to hear man. Personally I think you should have played them in the order they come out to fully understand everything, but nevertheless hope you're having a blast man. Criminally (pun intended) underrated series.

JuwanFahn

#70

JuwanFahn said:

Is Capcom ever going to make the games from the Ace Attorney series playable on other game devices like the Wii or Wii U or something like that?

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