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TAKE THAT! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (was: AA 6) - demo out now!


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The latest Ace Attorney spin-off game, The Great Ace Attorney (Dai Gyakuten Saiban) was just recently released in Japan. But it seems like Capcom aren’t resting on their laurels yet – in fact, the next mainline Ace Attorney game has just been announced!

 

Famitsu revealed that the title will even be playable at Tokyo Game Show later this month (!!).

 

According to the magazine, the game takes place outside of Japan. Phoenix Wright has come to an as yet unnamed country (probably Nepal) for a reason, but he gets involved with another case. Residents of the country apparently believe in the spirits of the dead. A big Water Mirror (mizukagami) can be seen in their courtrooms on the floor. On the upper 3DS screen, there are images and words floating in the water. The touch screen seems to show part of a testimony and the option to present something.

 

Famitsu also introduces us to a boy who goes by the name (roughly) Bokto Tsuani. Bokto is a monk-in-training who works as a tour guide to make some money. It’s said that after starting his tour-guide-talk, he can’t be stopped.

It’s again a 3DS exclusive. And the game is supposedly spearheaded by producers Motohide Eshiro and Takeshi Yamazaki, both of them series veterans.

 

 

Prologue:

 

 

 

Launch trailer:

 

 

 

 

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Might be worth spoilering that stuff - I know it was many games ago, but it's still a pretty big plot point from the very end, that some people may not have experienced yet.

And yes, it's a real shame he won't be coming back. I love Godot, and he has the unusual honour of being responsible for my finally learning to enjoy coffee. Great theme music too.

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More details emerge:

– Once again, the game is set in a foreign country which Phoenix visits “for a certain reason”
– The ol' Wright luck kicks in, and he finds himself wrapped up in a difficult case when his tour guide is arrested
– Phoenix goes to see the trial, and when he's there, he sees there’s no defense attorney and the judge is relying on things like an “oracle of spirits” to hand down a guilty verdict immediately
– Phoenix objects and takes the defense’s bench
– The mysterious woman seen in the scans, is this game’s “key person” like Athena was in AA5
– Note that it does not say she’s Phoenix’s assistant, just re-uses the “key person” term
– The “water mirror” in the courtroom plays a part in a new system the devs are still keeping under wraps
– There may be small changes from the usual courtroom antics, and this "new" system will be playable at TGS 2015
– In this country, there are prosecutors, but no defense attorneys, and defendants must use a “certain object” to defend themselves
– The game’s theme is a “courtroom revolution” (again?)
– The development team felt Phoenix was in a position where he didn’t really have anyone who could match up to him in Japan, so that was part of the reason they moved him into the wider world
– They also hope that trials in a court where the usual “rules” don’t play will help give a sense of urgency to the game that they couldn’t get in just a plain Japanese American trial
– Devs have heard complaints about Ace Attorney 5 being too easy due to the many hints characters gave (indeed!)
– With this game, they’re aiming to let the player enable/disable hints on their own, and avoid direct clues like in AA5
– Development is still fairly early on
– The team wants to make a game to surpass all previous entries, and to “betray the player’s expectations – in a good way!”
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Devs have heard complaints about Ace Attorney 5 being too easy due to the many hints characters gave (indeed!)
– With this game, they’re aiming to let the player enable/disable hints on their own, and avoid direct clues like in AA5

Thank FUCK

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Must-see for every Ace Attorney fan:

 

 

Hideki Kamiya apparently lent his voice to one of AA's most beloved characters!

And why the series really could take place in the US   :o

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Oh, and an anime series has recently been announced to coincide with AA 6's release in Japan.

 

 

Such a brilliant game series. Thank god that in the new game you'll be able to switch off the (mildly) irritating hint system from episode 5.

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