Ace Attorney 5 for the Nintendo 3DS is being released in North America and Europe this Fall, Capcom have announced. The game will be titled Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, and will be available as a Nintendo eShop download title.
Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies takes place eight years since Phoenix’s last appearance, and will star him in the lead role once again. The game’s first case will pit him against prosecutor Gaspen Payne, younger brother of Winston Payne.
Joining Phoenix will be Apollo Justice, who returns from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, along with a new character, Athena Cykes, who serves as Associate Attorney. Athena has a “Mood Matrix” that can detect the emotional state of a witness and tell whether they’re surprised, angry, happy or sad.
A download-only release? That’s a first for Ace Attorney on traditional gaming platforms, but it makes sense. Recent remarks from Capcom USA suggest that it might be getting more challenging to justifiably localize these games, keeping in mind their increasing production values and expected sales. Case in point: last year, Capcom USA Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson remarked that he had to put in high forecasts for Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies.
At the time, Svensson stated: “Bear in mind… the forecasts for AA5 I’ve put in are aggressive (high) relative to the historical performance of the franchise (needed to make sure it came over), so I’m counting on you guys to not make me a liar.”
Capcom have not yet announced a price for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies.