We don't usually piggyback off news announcements because we're always later than other people (well, besides the George Zimmerman in Super Smash Bros. 4 announcement... yesterday), but this is Capcom's Ace Attorney series. It's the darling of KoopaTV. So here we go!
Oh, right, we have slightly better production values than that.
|Mr. Wright! ...Except ancient.|
My sources tell me that this game — which will be released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS — takes place in Meiji Era Japan, or somewhere in 1868 to 1912.
"Until the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the Japanese criminal justice system was controlled mainly by daimyo. Public officials, not laws, guided and constrained people to conform to moral norms. In accordance with the Confucian ideal, officials were to serve as models of behavior; the people, who lacked rights and had only obligations, were expected to obey.
After 1868 the justice system underwent rapid transformation. The first publicly promulgated legal codes, the Penal Code of 1880 and the Code of Criminal Instruction of 1880, were based on French models, i.e. the Napoleonic code. Offenses were specified, and set punishments were established for particular crimes. Both codes were innovative in that they treated all citizens as equals, provided for centralized administration of criminal justice, and prohibited punishment by ex post facto law. Guilt was held to be personal; collective guilt and guilt by association were abolished. Offenses against the emperor were spelled out for the first time."
In other words, it's the time of Japan where laws actually were written and applied to people. So Mr. Wright's ancestor seen above, Naruhodou Ryuunosuke, (Mr. Wright himself is Naruhodou Ryuuichi), would be one of the first defense attorneys practicing an actual law code in Japan's history. As gamers, we've just dealt with the "Dark Age of the Law" in Dual Destinies. Now we will deal with the... "New Age of the Law"?
People immediately question on how the game will be localized. I have no doubt that it can be localized, but Capcom will either have to take extreme liberties with it or just acknowledge that Phoenix Wright has a Japanese descendent who later moved to California over 100 years later. And... the game must come to America. You hear me, Capcom?!
By the way, Meiji Era coincides with when the samurai became in decline. We might still see a practicing Steel Samurai, though! That, combined with the whole Dual Destinies had an orchestra for its music thing...
Alternatively and actually my favourite rendition,
Anyway, this is the game that is supposed to be "completely different from anything in the series so far". Note in the image above, our new main character has a sword. Perhaps instead of being the victim of whips, coffee throws, and Simon Blackquill's air slashes, our character can FIGHT BACK! The game is translated as Grand Turnabout Trial — The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke, or "big" instead of "grand" depending on who you talk to. (Dai Gyakuten Saiban.) That's the first time we have "adventures" in the title of an Ace Attorney game, so perhaps that means something for how the game will be played, similar to how the Ace Attorney Investigations sub-series shook things up. We can only speculate! (You can, too!) By the way, this is not the mythical "Ace Attorney 6", either. That's being worked on by another team. In sum, we have...
- This game.
- Ace Attorney 6.
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (out everywhere besides America)
- Ace Attorney 123 (now out in Japan)
Ludwig is just hanging out by himself on KoopaTV because he's banned from Miiverse, so keep him company, okay? He'll also be discussing this on Capcom-Unity.
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is out in America!
This game never even came out in America, but the outfit of the protagonist will apparently be DLC in Ace Attorney 6, which is now named Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice.
That outfit wasn't of the protagonist, but Apollo Justice's school uniform. Oh well. They look the same. Also, Spirit of Justice is now released.
Dai Gyakuten Saiban now has an announced sequel, Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2! Neither are out in America. And Ace Attorney Investigations 2 isn't, either.