Athena Cykes Might Be The Most Active Character In Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

By Sato . July 19, 2013 . 12:00pm


Capcom have started a series of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies character introduction videos in anticipation of the 3DS title coming out next week in Japan. The first video was all about the series protagonist, Phoenix Wright, and this time, the spotlight is on the new heroine, Athena Cykes.



Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies scenario director Takeshi Yamazaki describes her as the main character’s new partner, who happens to be a new layer herself. When compared to the past heroines of the series, Athena will be contributing much more and will be a huge part of the game, helping you out in investigations and solving cases.


Athena will be using her Mood Matrix device, which is seen around her neck as a necklace, to pick up subtle emotional clues in the voices of other people during testimonies as a method of cross-examinations. This feature will be new to the Ace Attorney series, and one of the reasons that will be making Athena the most active heroine thus far.


According to Yamazaki, they’ve set Athena to be a competitive and sporty girl. She’s very energetic and active, and will be participating in many events. The scenario director reiterates that she will have a huge role in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and he hopes fans will enjoy seeing her story unfold in the game.


You can check out the latest English trailer featuring Athena and Apollo investigating a murder, here.


Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies is slated for release on July 25th in Japan and this Fall in the West on Nintendo 3DS.


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  • Smooosh

    I am sooo looking forward to this… :)
    Haven’t played Ace Attorney for a long time. I’m also really happy that Polly is back, he got a lot of hate from fans who didn’t like his game, but I love him! :D

  • NTaiyokun

    Attorney: Dual Destinies scenario director Takeshi Yamazaki describes
    her as the main character’s new partner, who happens to be a new layer

    What’s a “layer”?

    • Guest

      It’s Photoshop lingo.

  • I love her design so the more I get to see her the better

  • VenerableSage

    Honestly, I think it’s wonderful that they’re giving her an added level of importance. The fact that they’ve steeped her background with tons of detail really helps, too.

    I mean, someone with a background in Psych becoming a lawyer is a feasible scenario in the real world, plus it gives her a background that enables her to be a great asset for trial scenarios. I think the Mood Matrix might be a bit overkill as a means of implementing her background from a narrative standpoint, but I suppose that it makes sense from a gameplay perspective on how to integrate it.

  • DemiSouls

    I read most attractive character. I’d still agree!

  • Brimfyre

    She looks like the type of girl I would have dated in high school.

    Whatever that means.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    While I’m not sure how much I like her “Genki Girl” personality, I’m very glad to see a new female lawyer. We’ve only had Mia Fey and Caliso Yew so far, so having another one is welcome. Plus, Ace Attorney characters always tend to start as stereotypes with punny names until the story peels away the layers and shows hidden depths to them, so she could turn out to be an interesting character.

    Also, I’m sure shippers will be happy to have someone to ship Apollo with. XD

  • Aoshi00

    Can’t believe it’s only couple of days away from release.. Nice interviews, but I would try to not watch too much to avoid spoilers :)

    Man, they’re showing all these footages but still haven’t revealed the alternate covers for the limited edition.. I’m only getting regular but still very curious about what I’d be missing lol..

    I thought 4 was OK, and Investigations 2 was better than 1. and then Layton x Gaykuten spinoff which lacked the original Phoenix voice.. Seems like they’ve gone all out w/ 5.

    Forget it, actually they have shown the alternate covers, still a 4 char cover but w/ diff. combo, man I want all of them *.*; I don’t really mind the stickers and figure, just the covers and pouch..

  • Sardorim

    Wonder how well she will play off on Apollo and his cords of steel.

  • YoshEE

    Can’t to play this game! But too bad I heard that it will be available on eshop. However, it is better than nothing lol.

  • Pockystix

    so, is Athena playable? Since she IS a lawyer. It’d be nice to have three playable attorneys this time around~

    also, let’s hope she doesn’t get in the same amount of crazy trouble Nick’s usual partners get caught up in. I swear, being Phoenix Wright’s assistant is like being a giant target for all the bad guys in the series lol

    • Lusankya

      Yes, she’s playable in case 3.

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