Is This Great Ace Attorney Trailer Teasing Some Sort Of Jurist System?

By Sato . September 25, 2014 . 5:30pm


Last week, we got to see the latest trailer for The Great Ace Attorney at Tokyo Game Show. Capcom recently uploaded a “full version” of the same trailer, which adds a little extra bit at the end.


For those of you who missed our earlier report, the trailer shows the ancestor of Phoenix Wright, Ryuunosuke Naruhodou, and Susato Mikotoba, a young lady who will provide support as his legal affairs assistant.


The two meet Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Iris Watson, in England. Holmes is known for his uncanny deductive skills, and he shows them off by describing the type of woman Susato is, simply by observing her appearance and mannerisms.


Amusingly, however, it turns out Holmes’ deduction was the description Ryuunosuke had provided of Susato in the first place. It looks like he will often play the role of the straight man, while Holmes might occasionally get a little carried away by his thoughts and reasoning.


Once you skip forward to the 2:16 mark, we get to see the added bit in the full version of the trailer, which shows us a little clip of the jury all announcing “guilty,” as they toss their flame into a balance. Are we seeing hints of a Jurist System of some sort?


The Great Ace Attorney is slated for release in Japan in 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • 하세요

    Confirmed Jury Duty DLC, but you can only play it once every 3 years.

  • Smiech

    That jury tease at the end… actually looked pretty dang promising. It has the potential to add more variability than just sweet talking/taking advantage of the judge to gain victory.

  • Was quite dissapointed AA5 discarded the Jurist system out of the story like that. If they wanted to get rid of it they could’ve make it into a part of the “dark age of law” sort of motive. Oh well, I hope this leads to something about it this time.

  • Adrian Duran

    Isn’t this what happened at the end of Apollo Justice?

  • Meloku

    It looked A LOT like the trial in Chrono Trigger. I hope this brings branching storylines depending if it’s an unanimous veredict or not.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    I’m quite happy about this. I always wanted to see something like a Jurist system in the series and I was disappointed when they decided to not include it in DD. That said, the big question on my mind is…is it actually going to play any role in the gameplay? Because a jury has great gameplay potential.

    For example, since there will be a jury, there could be something like a Jurist Selection process. It could act as a sort of mini-game where you ask potential jurors questions and try to gauge which ones would be favourable to your case. And then, depending on the choices of both you and the prosecution, it would be easier/harder to prove the defendant’s innocence, offering some degree of variation between playthroughs.

    Furthermore, having a jury could make the trials more open-ended and less preset like the previous ones have been. Rather than have the Guilty/Not Guilty serve as essentially the Game Over/The End screen, the final verdict would be based on the strength of your argument and how well it is corroborated with evidence. Remember the trial in Chrono Trigger or the Landsmeet in Dragon Age: Origins, the outcomes of which depended on your actions and arguments? It would be cool if the trials in TGAA would play out like that except on a greater and more elaborate level.

    If taken a step further, this could lead to multiple possible endings to a trial. Maybe you prove your client innocent without proving someone else guilty. Maybe you don’t even have any solid evidence, but manage to poke enough holes in the prosecution’s case that the jury has reasonable doubt that your client is guilty. Heck, you might even suffer a guilty verdict, but offer enough excusable factors that it leads to a minimal/reduced sentence.

    Honestly, there is a lot that could be done with a jury. However, the AA games have always been almost completely straightforward narratives, offering very few choices to the player. For this reason, I’m concerned that all this will end up being is flavour and the jury will essentially serve the same role the judge did before.

    • Gemlit

      I thought that too, since otherwise the problem is that it would be unbalanced for the defense to always be on the top. The prosecutor/AI should give the player a challenge.

      So, maybe you and the AI would take turns asking questions related to the defendant’s supposed actions or inactions to decide if the juror is the right person for the case. Sure, one juror might support your case, but there might be a better juror.

      Also, throughout the game the player should constantly keep the jurors in check, else they might side with the prosecution. Though, maybe later that could actually be a good thing. Of course, deciding preemptively might be a bad thing. Sure, the player might win the case, but because of a shorter story the player might experience an even more limited story than the person would expect. Maybe there would even be a game over.

      The problem with multiple endings is that there has always been one canonical ending in the Phoenix Wright games. There would have to be some way for the player to experience the true ending and for the game to tell the player that the person is on the correct path. It would be nice to have the game actually blurt it out for a change, lol.

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  • Heisst

    So this means they can do the bullshit that they did at the last case of AA4 where the villain was beat without you cornering him and destroying all of his logic and instead just said ”eh jury thinks he’s evil so bam you win” and lazily avoid more writing?

    • kthanxyousuck

      Seems like you’re not actually apart of the jury this time and may depend on how you do during the trial.

  • Simon

    Doesn’t look Western friendly :( hopefully it’ll come to the west

    • kthanxyousuck

      The inclusion of Sherlock makes me think it’s more west friendly than the last ones actually lol. Unless he’s huge in Japan. It takes place in Europe (mostly) and with all the AA action this year (DD + Crossover + Trilogy collection) I can’t see them not doing this.

    • I actually think it’s the most Western friendly AA we can have. They don’t even have to change anything from the script like the first ones; I mean two Japanese people moving to London (where all the action is taking place) and meeting with the most famous detective of all time…Yeah it definitely works and might sell if they include Sherlock’s name in the localized title: Wright VS Holmes or something.

      • Kaitsu

        I just wonder how they’ll make the Naruhodo in this game not so Japanese with his name being Wright.

      • Hound

        Great Ace Attorney: Holmes of Justice!

  • King Dedede

    I think i read somewhere that in the game Iris Watson is the granddaughter of the classic Watson, is that true?

  • bubblinz

    omg the artwork for the judges feels like.. level 5 layton’s..

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Been playing Layton/Ace Attorney and noticed it almost immediately. It would be nice if there is an ancestor of Hershel Layton wandering the streets of old time England as an Easter egg :)

    • kthanxyousuck

      I think I read that they’re using the team who worked on the crossover for this game. Might explain why majority of the game takes place in Europe.

      Even the music sounds like the one from the crossover.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    It looks so beautiful in presentation and that music! I have no problem with the Sherlock Holmes inclusion. The Ace Attorney protagonist starting out always had a “mentor” of sorts. As for the Jurist system, I hope it opens up possibilities of having to convince the full majority through our decision making…more so than what occurred in Apollo Justice.

  • Not liking the fact so many characters seem to be carbon copies of old ones in a different era. Will buy regardless since they’re still likable though.

    • Hound

      I imagine that’s the point. Kind of like those episodes in television shows where you’ll see the “ancestors” of main characters.. that look and act a lot like their present-day counterparts

  • Dianatos

    This looks pretty promising.

  • Namuro

    Damn! The jury sure have amazing aim!

  • Shippoyasha

    The 3D art and animation just keeps getting better. Just stunning! Still hoping they try another Layton vs Ace Attorney with this kind of animation fidelity and more!

  • JunHoward

    Wouldn’t jack the ripper as the main antagonist be awesome!?

    • fairysun

      I read somewhere. JtR will be part of the game.

      • Hiro

        But we all know who he is now :(

  • GreatKino

    Is it Ryu Wright or Ryuunosuke Wright?

    • Teddy

      Probably Felix Wright or something. Ryuuichi -> Ryuunosuke, Phoenix -> Felix.

  • thaKingRocka

    Looking good. I’m in. I need to get caught up on the games, though.

    By the way,
    jurist-one having a thorough knowledge of law
    juror-a member of a jury

    I think you might mean the latter here.

    • J_Joestar

      that may be technically true, but i think the article may be using that name due to the fact that is what Apollo Justice (game) used in an attempt to set up a jury-based system.

      • thaKingRocka

        Like I said, I need to get caught up. Still, I find it hard to believe they would misuse the terms in these games. It seems odd. I guess I’ll find out when I finally get around to Apollo Justice.

        • Warruz

          It is indeed a reference to Apollo Justice, one of the later cases uses what is called a “jurist” system. It is essentially a jury system with a twist.

  • Scissors

    Well this time rendering mutiple people at once looks better. It’s jarring how low quality animation and model wise the multiple witnesses look in Layton vs. Phoenix. The single model characters look and animate beautiful, but when there’s multiple people on the witness stand the game doesn’t even look finished.

  • I hope capcom releases it on a cartridge.

  • UltimagaWeapon

    Loved that European like hint in the BGM.

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