This morning, Capcom announced that Ace Attorney 5 is being released in the West as a download-only title via the Nintendo eShop. Titled Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, the game is slated for release in the West this Fall.
This is the first time that a major new Ace Attorney game is being released as a download-only title, and Capcom USA’s Senior Vice-President, Christian Svensson, explains why. On the Capcom forums, Svensson shares:
Sorry guys, but a physical release is not in the cards.
Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the game for as long as possible. With that in mind we have opted for a digital only release via the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
I understand that this decision may upset fans who wanted to have a physical version of the title to add to their collection but we believe this direction is the best to take.
We will be confirming details on the price point in the not-so-distant future which I hope will also shed more light on the strategy at play here.
You can read more about Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies using our tag for the game.