Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies coming west this fall
posted on 05.13.13 at 12:33 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Phoenix Wright returns with Apollo and new associate.

Capcom is bringing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, previously known as Ace Attorney 5, to 3DS via the Nintendo eShop in North America and Europe this fall, the publisher has announced.

Set one year after Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Dual Destinies sees the return of defense attorney Phoenix Wright. It begins in a destroyed courtroom and tasks Wright and his team at the Wright Anything Agency with discovering the cause behind the destruction. Players will have to battle it out in court against Gaspen Payne, the younger brother of Winston Payne from previous Ace Attorney games, as they defend the accused.

Gameplay features from previous Ace Attorney games will return, but new features, like 3D graphics, allowing players to change views and zoom in on areas when investigating crime scenes, are also being added.

Young attorney Apollo Justice and new associate attorney Athena Cykes, previously known as Kizuki Kokone, will join Phoenix in his courtroom battle. Athena can use a new “Mood Matrix” ability to detect the emotional state of a witness and tell whether they’re surprised, angry, happy or sad, and compare these feelings with the statement given by the witness to point out any contradictions.

View the first set of English screenshots at the gallery.

Watch an announcement trailer below.

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  • Jontaku

    *Wipes tears from eyes* I really cannot wait for this. The 3DS has such a great line up this year for us Westerners.

    • Budgiecat

      Its still missing a lot of games DQ VII for one…

      • Jontaku

        DQ VII would be amazing.

  • Nhiroz

    Guess its about time I brought a 3DS :-)

  • DBison

    Its a download only title

  • Raiyu

    Looks like I’ll be skipping this one… I refuse to buy anything digital on Nintendo eshop without a proper account system. =|

  • 罪罰

    “B-Baka Capcom, it’s not like I wanted this game or anything! I’m just buying it because I feel like it >_<!!"

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Oh C’mon still no Professor Layton v.s Phoenix Wright?
    (at least we’re getting something rather than nothing, i guess.)

  • new_tradition

    I’m shocked at how different the story timeline is going to be from the Japanese version. They’re adding an extra 7 years to the English timeline, holy crap.

    (Wait, but then…that means…Trucy!!!! ;A;)

    And no physical game? Man…I was hoping for a special edition, let alone a physical copy. There are pros to a digital release, but still…

    What can this mean for the series then? See how well the game sells digitally and decide if it’s worth the effort to localize Investigations 2 digitally?

    • Sal Romano

      Sorry. That was totally my bad. It’s set 8 years after Wright’s last appearance, not Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.

      • Michael Garling

        But Wright was in Apollo Justice. Basically, what you mean was it is set one year after Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, and a total of eight years after Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations.

        • Sal Romano

          Crap. Updated again. Capcom needs to better word their press release. “Set eight years since his last appearance in the courts…”

      • new_tradition

        Oh, lol xD

        (Crap, I just blogged this news as what I originally thought *runs to edit*)

  • Auragar

    Fuck digital. Stupid Capcom dumbasses. >_> I refuse to buy digital.

  • PrinceHeir

    why the hell didn’t they keep the 5 name?

    why the hell did they have to changed it into this?

    also DD :

    i really don’t like DD, but im glad they’re bringing it in.

    im just not comfortable with this decision.

    heck i do play DD games like Ken’s Rage 2(Curse you SCEA) Siren, Orochi Warriors 3(FUCK you again SCEA)

    but yeah it’s better than nothing i guess?

    though i’ll won’t be able to buy this Day 1, need to finish the other games in the series soon!!!

    • MrKappa

      They didn’t keep the name for the standard reason all American localizations get a name change.
      Simply because they want to market the game to people who have never played one before and they don’t want to scare them away by letting them know this is the 5th game in a series.
      Stupid… but that is Capcom’s M.O. as of late.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Ugh, Orochi Warriors 3, don’t remind me… it’s actually at a decent price now, but damn…

      • PrinceHeir

        yeah it took awhile till they price drop it O___O

        that’s why im not fond of digital games on consoles.

        takes too long to price drop.

    • Kobracon

      They’ve never kept the number though. Its always been “Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney ‘subtltle'”

      • PrinceHeir

        ahh i see

  • Irp4n

    digital only O_o

    I never understand why “super” or “ultimate” versions of their fighting games could warrant retail release (why don’t they just release upgrade DLC for them), while a completely new game like this don’t. Heck, dark arisen was released on retail too.

    Oh well, at least they are bringing this game overseas.

    Still pissed they don’t bring Investigations 2 :(

  • MrKappa

    Everyone else has already bagged on Capcom for their stupid ass digital only choice so I’ll skip out this time.

    I will say that I am kinda disappointed that Sam Riegel is doing PW’s voice instead of Ben Judd. I know he is just a Capcom employee but his voice for PW was cool, not that I dislike Sam because he does a swell job too.

    Also wondering if Athena Cykes is gonna click in the end because so far the Athena part makes it sound ridiculous. Gaspen Payne on the other hand is hilarious and awesome.

    • Kurisu Makise

      Hmm I share your sentiments Mr. Kappa (especially on Ben Judd voicing PW) though I think I can answer a bit of Athena’s name pun. Since she brings the matrix grid system, the Cykes is probably a play on “psyche” or “psych” as you try to play with the mood/emotion of someone else. The Athena part is most likely to do with wisdom, since the team has been going with western lore to get the names for the jokes. Gaspen Payne is of course immediately funny and follows the themes they’ve setup for the brothers.

  • Lightning64

    Thank you Capcom

  • Kobracon

    I don’t know what’s gotten everyone’s underwear in a bunch about digital download only but I am just so happy its getting translated. Now were the hell is Edgeworth 2, Capcom?

    Edit: GODDAMMIT! WHERE THE F***S MAYA!!!!!!??? T_T

  • dez-e-ray112

    Whilst I would’ve prefer a physical copy, I’m still happy to get the game digitally though.

    Can someone here explain to me what are the problems with the eShop (downloading digitally?)

    • Lynx

      From what everyone’s said, it’s been mainly because the eShop is terrible because it’s system based, not account based.

      Lose your system, say goodbye to your games.

  • Elvick

    Bleh, digital only. Good for the fans who are okay with digital, bad for the rest.

    Sidenote; Dem graphics. So nice.