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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Ace Attorney Trilogy HD Mobile Getting Replaced (everywhere else)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Also, it's coming to Android outside of Japan for the first time!

A week ago, I wrote about CAPCOM's announcement that the crappy Ace Attorney Trilogy HD on iOS and Android devices in Japan are being discontinued on June 9, 2022, and will be replaced by a mobile port of the superior Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy 2019 version in the summer. Note that it isn't released for Android outside of Japan.

However, that was just Japan-only news. While some other media outlets extrapolated that this would be a global change, CAPCOM at the time only spoke of Japan. And then today happened and the discontinuation of the current iOS version (on June 9), and the pending release of the superior port (in the summer), was announced for elsewhere. As of today, CAPCOM has pages for this announcement in American English and Korean. I don't think the current mobile title is even available in Europe, so that makes it simple.

Like in Japan, you won't be able to download the crappy mobile app anymore or spend money on getting new episodes. You can still play it. I mean, it's still Ace Attorney. Even if it's in a terrible mobile version with bugs and audio issues. Ownership of the old Trilogy won't transfer to the new Trilogy.

But the important part here is that CAPCOM has promised to release the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on iOS AND Android devices in English (and Korean). That means... new platform for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy identified for English speakers!

No word yet on if the languages patch that was in the 2019 version of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy will be included. I would love to see Benjamin Hunter on other platforms.

Though, of course, we're talking about mobile trash. So I wouldn't love to see it, because I have no respect for that. Maybe some weird mobile-only “gamer” would.

Ludwig can't help but feel aggressive whenever mobile gaming is brought up. He knows that Ace Attorney fans would like to see news involving the seventh mainline Ace Attorney game, or a second trilogy of the fourth-to-sixth games for consoles now that the eShop is going away. But the Trilogy needs to compete with Skyrim for number of versions and ports it gets, and since it's the first three games, it gets first dibs on attention. Once it's ported everywhere possible, then CAPCOM will focus on the others.

The replacement happened... June 10, 2022. And the pricing is different between the Google Play and App Store versions.

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