Capcom surprised us with their recent announcement of The Great Ace Attorney, a new game in the series that takes place in the 19th century part of Japan’s Meiji Period. Series creator and director Shu Takumi and producer Shintaro Kojima shed some light on the game’s characters and setting in this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine.
During the interview, Famitsu asks what kind of character Ryuunosuke Naruhodo—who is Phoenix Wright’s ancestor—will be.
“Well, the two keywords are ‘Meiji Period’ and ‘Phoenix’s ancestor’ so you might be able to get an idea from that,” responds Takumi.
All right. What about the new heroine, Susato Mikotoba?
“She’s basically the type of person that she appears to be,” replies Kojima. “Pretty much a graceful Japanese woman, a proper girl who does everything the proper way.”
Famitsu points out that by doing things the right way, does that mean she’ll be taking care of Ryuunosuke in such a manner?
“The Wrights will be Wrights,” says Takumi with a laugh. “I’ve barely met these characters myself, so I can’t exactly say too much about them. I think that we’ll get a better understanding as we go on with production. Some characters show up more while writing the scenario, sometimes when they speak their lines, so we’re kind of waiting for that as we write, for now.”
While on the subject of speaking lines, Takumi mentions that their current challenge is getting the proper Japanese dialect and expressions right. During the Meiji Period, it was a time where there was a lot of focus of jumping into the “new world” of westernization. Occupations such as lawyers were a new thing at the time. One thing they’re being careful of, is not to lose the balance of words and expressions that might be either too old-fashioned or too modern for the era.
Next, Famitsu asks if The Great Ace Attorney’s game flow will be similar to past games of the series.
“I can’t say anything about that for now. However, the image and feel behind its play will be quite different fromall the other Ace Attorney games up until now,” answers Takumi.
When asked if we’ll be seeing any new information on the game soon, Kojima says that he can’t say too much on that front, but they’ll be showing screenshots and all kinds of information in the near future, that will give people a better idea regarding what the game will be like.
Finally, Famitsu asks the two if they could share a message for the fans:
Takumi: “It’s been a while since I’ve participated in making a new Ace Attorney game, and things are a little different from the earlier days; however, as usual, I’ll be doing my best and putting all my effort into it, so that this one [The Great Ace Attorney] won’t lose to the past games I’ve worked on.”
Kojima: “While it’s not a main-numbered Ace Attorney title, it’s the start of a new series called The Great Ace Attorney. I believe that it’s becoming something that can show that it’s not simply just a derivative title. We can’t say too much about it for the time being, but we’ll be revealing more on the characters and their backgrounds next time, which we hope you all can look forward to. It’s really becoming something that we have high expectations for, so please look forward to it!”
The Great Ace Attorney is currently in development for the Nintendo 3DS.