There has always been debate within various forms of entertainment over whether a series or story idea has overstayed its welcome. People may cry out for more, but is it worth the risk of a weakened narrative or overall impact?
I felt that Phoenix’s story had been told, and that the series should not continue. Knowing when to end a story is very important and I wanted to avoid dragging it out and having it become a shadow of its former self.
When it was decided that the courtroom clashes should continue, however, Takumi was set against Wright returning to the spotlight:
Years later, when it was decided within Capcom that Ace Attorney 4 would go ahead, my position was that we should change the main character and tell a new story. I didn't plan to have Phoenix in the game, but my colleagues said they wanted him to appear in some form, which is why he ended up being the accused in the first case in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.
Takumi was not involved with the recent Dual Destinies, which combined the presences of Wright and Justice while adding even another new lawyer into the mix, but is far from fully departed from the overall series. He designed the scenarios of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and will also be working on the next Ace Attorney title, although no details on it have yet been revealed.
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