Origins Of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

By Spencer . August 14, 2009 . 4:30pm

imageAce Attorney Investigations stars Miles Edgeworth, Phoenix Wright’s rival and occasional ally, on the field instead of in court.


During our interview with Motohide Eshiro, Producer of Ace Attorney Investigations, we asked him how the project got started and why changed the gameplay rather than making the obvious spin off where players try courtroom battles as Edgeworth.


Why did you want to make a spin-off of Ace Attorney?


Motohide Eshiro, Producer: I was also the producer of Trial and Tribulations and while making that I thought wouldn’t it be fun if we could make another game using the characters from the original series. That’s how Ace Attorney Investigations started.


I heard that Ema Skye was originally supposed to be the protagonist. How come you changed the lead character to Edgeworth?


The director originally proposed to use Ema as the main character, but according to the feedback we got from our fans it seems Edgeworth was the more popular character. So we decided to listen to the fans and use the more popular character.


What other character would you want to do a spin off with?


Personally, I really like Edgeworth, but if we were to make another series why not make a game with Gumshoe? We can have Ace Detective!


image The gameplay is quite different, why did you change the Ace Attorney formula so much for Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth?


The Ace Attorney series puts players in court so there is a narrow focus of gameplay. We could have simply added a few things, but it wouldn’t have been very interesting. We decided to move it out of the court room and into the crime scene to add a whole bunch of new elements. This time you control Edgeworth directly, you can investigate the scene, and walk around.


The logic system, though, reminds me of the courtroom battles where you link evidence together. How did this idea come about?


The logic system came about because we wanted to show how Edgeworth thinks. His main weapon is he thinks through situations. The logic system is our way of representing what’s going on Edgeworth’s mind. He’s got this very cool, calm and collected way of thinking. You can see this as you play through the game.


image Who is your favorite new character in Ace Attorney Investigations?


I don’t want to spoil any of the new characters for you. As the new characters go, today we introduced Kay Faraday. She was the first new character we created for Ace Attorney Investigations in that sense she’s one of my top characters. Edgeworth is still my number one favorite!


So far we’ve seen all of the Ace Attorney games in North America on the DS and mobile phones. Have you thought about releasing them on the PSP or a downloadable platform like Xbox Live Arcade, similar to how the PC version was released in Japan?


Right now, we have no plans to make ports for any other hardware.


How come? The Ace Attorney series is quite popular in North America now.


It’s not that we don’t like other hardware and that we don’t want to do it. It’s just it was original made for handhelds, it was made to be played on the go, and also the interface we created the game, especially for Ace Attorney Investigations, uses the touch screen and we want people to interact with that. You can’t replicate that on Xbox Live. For us, the DS seems like the most natural fit.


 As the producer of Trials and Tribulations do you ever think we’ll see Phoenix in the courtroom again as a lawyer?


[Laughs] No comment!


As far as Ace Attorney Investigations goes we want to focus on Edgeworth because he’s the main character. When people give us feedback and, fans say we want this and we want that — the more we hear from fans the more we can take their comments into consideration. Then we can think about what they really want.


Do you view Ace Attorney Investigations as its own series then? Since the game is out in Japan are you working on a sequel?


Right now, we don’t have any plans. We are considering it, but we are waiting to see what the reaction is even in Japan where it’s only been out a couple of months. If fans demand it we will consider making a series out of the whole thing. For now, it’s just one game.


I would also like to hear feedback from American fans too, what they want and if they would they want a sequel.

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  • Simon

    Wow.. interesting interview.. I really want to play this game… why the long localization process? I do hope by the time this gets here.. there will be news of the 5th installment in Japan

  • I geniunely hope it gets turned into a series. Edgeworth is a great character.

  • I’ll gladly purchase and play this, but because of my history with the extremely linear visual novel style of games this seems a part of, I tend to turn them right back around for resale; one of those situations where when I know the twist/puzzle solution/etc, there’s zero reason to play it again.

    Give me an Ace [Something] title with dynamic shifts in story or plot progression based on your choices (instead of a bar that depletes upon making the “incorrect” choice), and I’ll keep it forever.

    Just a rant. Huge fan of the games, just saying… make it worth hanging onto after an initial playthrough.

  • RobtimusPrime

    Don’t bring Phoenix back!

    His saga is over with. We didn’t need him in AA4, we won’t need him in AA5. AA4 seemed to focus on him most of the time, but he had the spotlight for three games. Time to move on, people.

  • I want Ema !!! xD she is waaay cooler than edgeworth in my opinion :p and would be better to have her in the investigations

  • Matt

    You know what I want? A Phoenix Wright game that actually takes the judicial system seriously rather than face you off against prosecutors who somehow manage to whip (literally) everyone in the courtroom and not be expelled/held in contempt.

  • “I would also like to hear feedback from American fans too, what they want and if they would they want a sequel.”
    *Think outside of the box* Hmm, so…that means that if we manage to get #comebackphoenix or something like that to the Twitter Trends they’ll belive that we do want another PW? @Capcom_Unity is there to see it, after all. Not really outside of the box, but it’s a start, I guess.
    Capcom, give Phoenix a Phoenix Down!

    • Aoshi00

      I know many fans in Jpn weren’t that fond of Apollo and wish for Phoenix’s comeback in 5, so there’s a great chance it might happen if Capcom indeed listens to people feedback. I for one didn’t think Apollo has much of a personality, there were many instances I forgot I was playing as Apollo during the first person investigation segments. And he was a bit upstaged by Phoenix since he’s still a rookie.

  • Aoshi00

    Too bad they don’t consider making it for the consoles which I had wanted for a long time, since the sprites should look on the big screen, plus partial voice acting during the important parts of the story like in the trailers.

    Technically speaking, you really can play this game w/o using the stylus at all (unlike the forensic evidence in Apollo Justice). I just use the D-pad to move the cursor and shoulder btn to rotate the 3D evidence.

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