It sucks to be an Ace Attorney fan living outside of Japan. Over the past few years Capcom has cancelled the Western release of Ace Attorney Investigations 2, delayed Ace Attorney Trilogy HD for well over a year and have not even acknowledged the existence of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney which was released in Japan last November.
But after years of being treating us like a Ginger stepchild, Capcom has officially announced that Ace Attorney 5 will touchdown in Europe and North America this fall. Rebilled as “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies” in the West, the game will introduce new characters, gameplay additions and 3D visuals to the series.
For more information be sure to check out the full press release below and the announcement trailer above. And yes, I did manage to make it through this entire article with an “Objection!” reference. Thanks for noticing!
London, UK. — May 13, 2013 — Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that Phoenix Wright™: Ace Attorney™ – Dual Destinies will be available to purchase digitally on Nintendo 3DS™ across Europe and North America in Autumn 2013.
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 in 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 the dynamic 3D visuals now making it possible to change views and zoom in on areas to uncover any hidden evidence or clues. In the court room the drama continues 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.