We have known that Capcom has been working on Ace Attorney 6 for well over a year now. But it wasn't really formally announced and we didn't have any information on it. That just changed. Well, it's more of a teaser of a teaser, but hey, as the article title states, we NOW know it's going to come outside of Japan. Whatever it is. So basically, it was officially announced and at the same time we know it'll be localised.
Well, we also know some more information. Like this logo.You heard Wright! Ace Attorney 6 (working title), announced in Japan today, is also in development for the west!— Ace Attorney (@aceattorneygame) September 1, 2015
|Japan has a tendency of calling these "Gyakuten Saiban #!" while everyone else gets a longer and longer sub-title.|
And as we can tell by Wright's hair in there (reflecting his slightly new hairdo) that it's a sequel to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies. But we can also look at Phoenix Wright as more than a disproportional silhouette with a mouth:
|Is it just me, or does he look really serious?|
...Guy's gotta remember to bring levity with him!
The premise of the game, according to reports of this week's Famitsu, is that Mr. Wright is traveling to a non-Japanese (or non-Californian for localised folks) country that is still filled with a bunch of weirdos concerned about the spirits of dead people. So it's basically a giant haunted house, and it may incorporate horror elements.
One element we know it incorporates is the "water mirror", which is described as,
"The image shows how the upper-screen has images and and [SIC] keywords on the water, and the lower-screen shows parts of the testimony and a presenting option."So it sounds like the new Mood Matrix, but a lot less high-tech and a lot more confusing. 'cause I have no idea what that means. Apparently the courts in this mysterious country just puts a bunch of mirrors on the floors and walls or whatever. And for some reason they're filled with water? So it's not really a mirror but a sink or a Jacuzzi? Is one of the murders going to happen because someone dunked another dude in the water mirror and they drowned? And then their "spirit" is going to talk through the water mirror but it's REALLY just them talking because they didn't actually drown because there's really a secret passageway underneath? (Hey, that's already a plot point in another Ace Attorney game, so...)
Speaking of other Ace Attorney throwbacks, turns out there is a girl who just looks like she'd be the new Maya:
|She even has a Magatama-like thing.|
...Is that an Indian dot?
It's unclear how plucky this girl will be, but those are some nice leggings.
Will Apollo Justice ever learn who his sister is? Did Phoenix Wright flee the country just to avoid telling him? Since it's clearly a sequel to Dual Destinies, how many plotlines will they tie up that were never resolved in Apollo's game or Dual Destinies?
And... since this game was immediately announced to be localised, does that mean the lack of transparency and clarity with regards to the localisations for Ace Attorney Investigations 2 and Dai Gyakuten Saiban mean those ain't gonna come over? 'cause if the Capcom standard is "we're actually planning to localise this game so we're going to tell you that information right away", then the unlocalised games in the Ace Attorney series CLEARLY don't meet that standard.
It wouldn't be an article about Capcom without some begging involved: Please give us the game in a physical format!
.........Yeah, I have just about zero faith that'll actually happen.
So the game will be PLAYABLE at the Tokyo Game Show (September 17-19). We'll try to send well-regarded KoopaTV staffer and world-traveler Kamek over there, but our current ad revenue can't afford a plane ticket to Japan (or anything else). So please buy something from our overpriced merchandise store so we can give you exclusive coverage in Tokyo!
The filler newsletter article of the month can wait for this important news — Ace Attorney is a large inspiration for the site's attitude, after all. That said, Round 4 of the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program has started, but Ludwig will give you the details tomorrow. Or you can look at the informational page right now.
September 17-19 has come, and so has the treasure of Ace Attorney information.
A year after this, Ace Attorney 6 will be out in the West. It's also called Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice. Also, that Maya-like “girl” above is really a boy named Ahlbi Ur'gaid, but Ludwig refuses to acknowledge that.
Spirit of Justice is coming out September 8, 2016!
You can play the demo for the game!