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Monday, July 13, 2020

Ace Attorney's Takeshi Yamazaki Leaves CAPCOM... But That Doesn't Mean Ace Attorney is Dead!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Evidence and logic suggest the series has no reason to disappear.

Boy, do I hope this article does not age poorly.

CAPCOM's director for the DS-era and 3DS-era Ace Attorney games (think the two Ace Attorney Investigations games as well as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney–Dual Destinies and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney–Spirit of Justice), Takeshi Yamazaki, is retiring after 15 years on the job. He's not leaving the industry, but he does want to do some other things besides work at CAPCOM. Pretty much his whole résumé, according to Giant Bomb, is around the Ace Attorney series.

Popular coverage and speculation are saying things like, “Takeshi Yamazaki has left! Ace Attorney is cancelled!”

A few reminders. One, Yamazaki has been employed at CAPCOM all of this time since the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney–Spirit of Justice back in 2016. CAPCOM, if they ever intended to continue the Ace Attorney series (and they've provided indications that they do), probably has the whole “Ace Attorney 7” already written and well into production. If that is the case, then “Ace Attorney 7” should be revealed at the Tokyo Game Show 2020 ONLINE (thanks, CCP Virus) at the end of September 2020. Takeshi Yamazaki has had to be working on SOMETHING for the past several years, right? Or else he would've left some time ago.

Two, Yamazaki is far from the only guy writing stuff. Sure, he's the director, but unlike previous director Shu Takumi who wrote the first four games basically by himself, Yamazaki had staff and a lot of help (both in and out of CAPCOM). See a list here. For example, Masakazu Eguchi was the main guy who worked on Turnabout Storyteller in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney–Spirit of Justice.

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This is the note we found when trying to get further answers about the future of the Ace Attorney franchise.
I guess we'll have to come back on this topic in two and a half months.

Let me know in the comments section if you've found any contradictions in my logic. The Ace Attorney series will live on. It isn't tied to one man. If you need proof of that within CAPCOM, see Takeshi Yamazaki being Ace Attorney director to begin with after Shu Takumi, and see the existence of Mega Man 11 after that imbecile Keiji Inafune left. (Thank you, Koji Oda.)

It's sort of nice to write something about Ace Attorney besides advertising that CAPCOM has once again put the series on sale. ...By the way, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is on sale for the next 7 days on the Xbox One at 50% off. That's three great games for $15! While Takeshi Yamazaki didn't direct those (Shu Takumi did), he does still have credits “planning” their DS incarnations.

It turns out that there was no Ace Attorney announcement at the Tokyo Game Show 2020.
Though CAPCOM did randomly—not at an event or anything—announce that The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles would be a thing.
If you look at the timeline for The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, it's clear that CAPCOM was working on it while this very article was being written in 2020.

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