Capcom recently revealed that the famous Sherlock Holmes and Watson will appear in The Great Ace Attorney, and fans might be wondering how that will work out, considering that the game takes place during the Meiji period of Japan. This week’s issue of Famitsu explains more.
Similar to past Ace Attorney games, The Great Ace Attorney will follow its familiar game flow of investigation portions and courtroom portions, but as previously reported, Sherlock Holmes will help out the protagonist Ryunosuke as part of a “Joint Reasoning” feature.
Now, you might be wondering how Ryunosuke meets Sherlock Holmes in the first place. That sounds like an odd mix when you consider that one is from England while the other is from Japan.
As it turns out, the game starts out in Japan, where Ryunosuke attends college to become a formal attorney after getting involved in a certain case. He then moves to England where he meets Holmes.
Ryunosuke is shown saying, “I will become a lawyer… definitely!” He seems pretty determined to become one, too. This was actually a big deal at the time during the Meiji period, as it is known as the era that shifted Japan from being an isolated feudal society to its modern form.
It was around then where the nation saw more western-influenced aspects of social structure for politics, the economy, and foreign relations, so Ryunosuke is wandering into unknown territory as far as an occupation goes. For this reason, he heads out to England with the heroine, Susato Mikotoba.
The game starts out in Japan but once Ryunosuke gets to England, things will get pretty interesting as he’ll put his deductive skills to use while getting help from the best there is with Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Iris Watson.
The Great Ace Attorney is slated for release in Japan sometime in 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.