Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies DLC Chapter Takes Place After Apollo Justice

By Ishaan . July 24, 2013 . 10:30am

Capcom have announced their plans for Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies downloadable content in Japan, both free and paid. First up—costumes.


We reported these earlier, but here’s a recap: The three costumes above are Phoenix’s older suit from the original Ace Attorney games, a casual outfit for Apollo, and a schoolgirl outfit for Athena. These costumes will be free until August 15th. After that date, the costume pack will cost 150 yen.


Next up is dedution quiz DLC, set at the Wright Anything Agency office. The prologue to this will be ready and available in the game already, and will be unlocked upon completing the first case of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. The next three parts will be released on August 1st, August 8th and August 15th respectively, for 150 yen each.


Finally, the DLC that everyone was probably hoping for—a brand new case, titled “Special Chapter: Turnabout Return”. This will bridge the gap between Apollo Justice and Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and will depict Phoenix’s first case after regaining his badge to practice law once more.


Unfortunately for Phoenix, his first case after getting his badge back is a classic Ace Attorney madcap moment—he’s hired by a trainer who dresses like a pirate to defend her orca against a murder charge in court. Capcom haven’t announced a release date or price for this chapter yet.


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  • Shizumasa

    I hope these DLC will be available in the West too, complete and all. And that the DLC costumes will be free for a period of time too. Getting the same treatment as Japan.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Defending an Orca…
    Will there be a crossexamination?XD

    • Cheep cheep. Chirrup. Click cheep.

      OBJECTION! The defendant has contradicted him/itself!


      *note: approximation of orca noises were used in the making of this game.

      • XiaomuArisu

        Would be like Polly the Parrot
        “Mr.Wright I cant believe you are actually doing this”
        “Me neither…”

        • Exkaiser


          Just replayed that case today. So brilliant.

          • XiaomuArisu

            Von Karma! We take your offer!

            Best Burn Ever!

    • It’s Timmy Turner’s dad all over again!

  • Smooosh

    That uniform doesn’t fit Athena at all imho. :/
    Casual Polly looks cool and classic Nick is great as well of course, although it doesn’t look THAT much different from his new attire. They should have added Hobo Phoenix. xD

    • XiaomuArisu

      Its like Disgaea D2 “Pre-order now to get the classic outfits for free!”
      Me:”….they wear new ones?”

    • Aoshi00

      cdjapan just shipped my copy :) hopefully I’d get it before Sat to play on the weekend.. I usually like to play w/ default costumes on my first playthru for the authentic feel (that’s why the Last of Us doesn’t let you buy and use costumes until you beat the game). Like Kaim having sunglasses on in Lost Odyssey just looked so goofy.. I didn’t like Hobo Phoenix though lol..

      Wonder how fun the DLCs are, 150 yen each doesn’t sound too bad.. I’m not sure what quizzes mean, they just ask trivia on the series? The chapter bridging AA4 & 5 is a must-get..

  • Defending an Orca….sounds like Phoenix goes the Ace Ventura route now~

  • SwiftWind

    I’m hoping the DLC case is on the same quality level as Rise from the Ashes. I loved that case :D

    • Shizumasa

      Oh, yes. Rish from the Ashes was the most interesting case I’ve played and very long.

  • MasterScrub

    EXCUSE me? Defending an ORCA? Did I read that right?

    … that would have sold me on the game if it weren’t for the fact that I’m already getting it

  • What’s a CAPCOM game without DLC? Ah well.

  • Zonic505

    The twist is that the shark from another aquarium framed the orca, AND THEN PHOENIX WRIGHT JUMPS THE SHARK.


  • Kavyn

    A little disappointed to hear they’ve been working on DLC pre-release, but at the same time based on the slew of info we’ve been getting recently, it sounds like the development team finished the Japanese version of AA5 a while ago – so it makes sense they’d work on more content. This case sounds like a lot of fun, and I expect that we’ll get it too!

    • Suicunesol

      I think most developers do work on DLC pre-release. They’ve got to if they want to get the DLC out on time. Developers don’t just barely finish games before the release date. They need to finish months in advance so they can debug, print cartridges, etc. What do you think they’re doing in the time between completing the game and releasing the game? Probably doing some DLC. Even the DLC itself needs to be planned, outlined, developed, debugged, and rated by rating agencies.

  • in order to avoid as much exposure as possible i dont read any articles on dual destinies so it can feel completely fresh but i just had to comment on that picture, what the…!?

  • Courtroom bombings, supposed orca murders…this game is getting kind of grim (since show killer whales -have- killed before). I’m not complaining, it’s an improvement of dropping busts out of a window, but damn.

  • Barrylocke89

    I KNEW Capcom would utilize the potential DLC opportunity of a AA game.

    • British_Otaku

      They already had costumes as a planned early buyer incentive (roughly a month to get it), which was awfully easy to ignore and modest of them. I knew we were in for something, just hoping it wasn’t any story related stuff, especially why the original lead returned to court.

  • HJ

    Really? DLC already? I should’ve expected this from Capcom, I suppose. The greediness of the matter aside, isn’t it a bit strange to release a case that’s meant to bridge the two games AFTER passionate fans have already played AA5, the game it’s meant to bridge?

  • mockturtle

    On the one hand, I’m excited because OMG NEW CASES!

    On the other hand, I’m disappointed because DLC? Really?

    Oh well, as long as it comes to the US, too, I’ll be happy. Defending an orca from a murder charge sounds EPIC.

  • Strain42

    I’ll be honest, I kinda figured that Phoenix’s first case back would actually BE the first case of this game rather than DLC. But still, I’m pretty excited. This game needs to hurry up and come out.

  • British_Otaku

    Eww… Visual novels with plot hidden behind an additional paywall announced on release date. >_>

    I suppose this is similar enough to what the rest of the industry is doing though, and Asura’s Wrath is close enough to a visual novel with more button mashing, stick spinning and such.

    • Lusankya

      You don’t get it. The game is complete as it is. The DLC case is just an extra.
      Or do you think the GBA version of AA1 back then wasn’t complete until they published it together with RIse from the Ashes?

      • British_Otaku

        The game is not complete. Now on top of cosmetic costumes, we have how and why our lead character from the start returned to court completely behind a paywall when there is a 5 story adventure covering what he does following it right here.

        On the GBA version of AA1. It was complete from the point they released it in 2001, even past when it was remade with a bonus case and a English optional translation as an incentive to buy again. Given, that we had to wait till AA4 till that bonus case nodded to again and the timing of the thing, it was cool. It still is even with the GBA version being inferior today.

        Here is a totally different case where important plot details are not on the cart from the get go, are not held back for the a full sequel (see the additional insight into Maya’s family politics with AA2 and AA3) and wouldn’t really make sense for Capcom to remember “Hey, we need to explain our reason or at least plan the first case that he comes back to court”.

        • Lusankya

          Just because it’s Phoenix’ first case after he got his badge back doesn’t mean we miss out on any important plot details.

          His real reasons for coming back will be explained in the main game (did you already forgot the trailers?) and those reasons can be explained in any case it doesn’t have to be his very first case. It’s just a hook to get people interested in the DLC.


          “but the reason he’s returning is in fact to keep a promise with someone who is dear to him, which we’ll be finding out in the game.” So everything important is in the game.

          • British_Otaku

            Seems I did forget the particular update, you linked to in my frenzy.

            I am still going to be (not literally) kicking and screaming as this series and other focused on narrative in a similar fashion to books move into digital expansion/exploitation as a service and incentive to minimize used sales.

            I hope this game doesn’t fail to cover a single important plot detail (subjective I know) which appears in the DLC covering his return, this game does meet my DLC to Content standards on one level at least… For established series I like, I tend to “tolerate” DLC when it isn’t clearly missing features or content known from prior titles.

            6 full cases instead of 4 or 5 is pretty good even if the artwork, writing, animation and such had to be do long in advance of the release or even going gold.

        • Zeik56

          I really doubt there will be anything that important plot-wise. This case looks exactly like a filler case. Those cases that are pretty irrelevant in the overall story and are mostly there for some extra character development.

          There’s really no reason his first case back has to be some monumental plot point. If this DLC didn’t exist I doubt anyone would have even said a thing if the game started several cases after his comeback.

          • British_Otaku

            On what if it didn’t exist, that’s part of the thing. Extra content in a future version would be an incentive to get it on the new platform, distinctly optional (assuming that they make it a filler case) and it simply becomes another “state” of the project like Tales of Symphonia on the PS2.

            At this point, it can be seen as nickle and diming at best for what should be in the title, at worst, very good content which should be in the game.

          • Zeik56

            As long as we get the standard 4 cases that are of reasonably high quality and this case doesn’t somehow become central to the experience I see no reason to expect this to be a part of the main game.

            In fact, as a filler case it may very well be better off being a separate thing that you aren’t forced to go through as part of the main game. Filler episodes can be entertaining, but they feel like filler for a reason, and forcing you through too many of them before getting to the meat of the story could very well be detrimental to the experience. Imagine if there was yet another filler episode after Big Top Turnabout in AA2? Even if it was a good one, by that point you’re ready for the climatic finale.

            However, an extra filler episode sounds perfect for DLC down the line, after you’ve completed the game and can get to it whenever you feel like.

            I get the impression you have a rather biased viewpoint of DLC in general and it doesn’t really matter the context, you would hate it anyway.

            To be fair, they could easily screw this all up by overcharging or half-assing it. It still has to be good and reasonably priced.

  • LegoBaka

    DLC cases?

    …Suddenly my enthusiasm for a new Phoenix Wright tanked like a bag of stones. Splash, there it goes.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      What? You don’t want more awesome Court room Antics?

    • Cuticle

      Exactly. It’s Capcon, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but man, what a drag.

      Oh, well. I haven’t given these sleazebags money in years, so I wasn’t going to play this anyway (unless they did end up releasing a cart, in which case I’d buy it used).

    • You’d rather wait four years between Ace Attorney games and us potentially not even getting the next one because they don’t make enough of a profit in the west? Sorry man, if I have to choose between no AA and getting more story via DLC, I know which one I’ll pick. :P

    • Zeik56

      As long as the game still has the standard 4 cases that don’t feel like they are lacking in important details then I completely support the idea of DLC cases. If they’re going to do DLC for AA that’s exactly the kind of DLC it should be.

      The costumes seem like dumb cash grab, but also completely irrelevant. I don’t know what the hell the quiz thing is, but that also seems pretty ignorable.

  • Rytan


  • Im actually okay with this, I always wanted more cases than the 4 or 5 pack of cases per game and I always had a craving for more cases after each entry.

  • Detrimont

    the dlc case should be free for english countries to make up for the no physical edition thing

    • British_Otaku

      That is very unlikely. DLC is usually added for later releases only in the case of GOTY editions or late ports to other platforms. Perhaps, a generation or two ago, you could expect a few bonuses for waiting more frequently, not that it doesn’t leave the original buyers wherever with a worse version of the game, likely region locked too.

      I suppose we will get the game for much cheaper at the least, there is no chance they would charge 5990 yen/nearly $60 for a 3DS game on the e-Shop in the states or the UK, not that Aussieland will be so lucky or other places.

  • AuraGuyChris

    An Orca?
    Man, I want to see its testimony at play.

  • Hours

    There’s a freaking PIRATE WHALE.

    I want it.

  • Yan Zhao

    DLC chapter before game even comes out. Typical Capcom.

    • Zeik56

      Typical everybody at this point. It’s almost less common for a game not to have DLC announced pre-release.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      well the game is already out in Japan…

  • RablaAndrews

    Oh boy, DLC, thanks Crapco-

    Wait, I can have extra cases?

    Capcom, you did good.

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