Professor Layton Switch

New Professor Layton for Switch Announced

A new Professor Layton Switch title was announced at Nintendo’s latest Direct broadcast. Its formal title is Professor Layton and the New World of Steam. It doesn’t have a release window yet, but Nintendo did reveal a pre-rendered teaser trailer and logo.

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The trailer is light on details but shows the iconic mystery-solving Professor Layton walking through a steampunk metropolis.

Professor Layton and the New World of Steam will be the first main series Professor Layton Switch title. The Layton games first emerged during the Nintendo DS era, with three titles arriving through 2007 and 2008. The first trilogy saw the titular professor solving mysteries by tackling various logic and reasoning puzzles. A second trilogy of Layton games emerged in 2009, 2011, and 2013 across the DS and Nintendo 3DS. Those were the last main titles. Since then, spinoffs like Layton Brothers and Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright were the main expression of the franchise. Ports of various titles also appeared on mobile platforms like iOS.

Currently, the only Professor Layton title on Switch is a port of Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy. The game focuses on Hershel Layton’s daughter Kartielle, who solves mysteries alongside her assistant Greeves and talking dog Sherl.

Professor Layton and the New World of Steam is in development for the Switch. Other platforms or a release date have not yet been announced.


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