Capcom Comments Further On Releasing Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies As Digital Only

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

As previously reported,Capcom USA senior vice-president Christian Svensson, explained on their community forums on the decision to release the latest entry of the Ace Attorney series, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies only as digital download for western regions. The response was mixed, with both sides making their case in the argument.

It only got more heated on the community boards when a fan expressed some concern about limiting the game to the eShop. By releasing the title digitally, the thought was that its visibility and sales would be limited. This was something I personally saw a lot of, but it seems Svensson isn’t in the slightest bit concerned as he responded with this:

I think you’re selling yourself and the AA community short. I also think you underestimate our relationship with NOA and what I hope will be our ability to keep it surfaced for more than just a few weeks. NOA has been extremely supportive of MH3 Ultimate. I see no reason why they wouldn’t be equally supportive of AA:DD.

He also responded in earnest to other questions, like the fear that the game at one point in time will never be available, especially given Nintendo’s own current problems with their account system. He even explains why this decision correlates with the same decision for releasing such titles as Okami HD, Darkstalkers Resurrection, and Resident Evil 4 HD as digital downloads only, when they too had Japanese physical releases. Here is the list of his responses:

I understand the fear of not having access to content you’ve bought, some day. I do. However I have used the eShop extensively on 3DS (and on WiiU). In fact, I only make digital purchases these days on pretty much all systems, regardless of their individual foibles/flaws and potential weaknesses.

On 3DS I happily bought Fire Emblem at midnight when it launched, as a fairly recent example though I’ve got at least half of my 32GB card full of other stuff as well. Not everyone is as comfortable with that option, I do understand and everyone is certainly entitled to make their own judgements on the value/risks of going digital on a given platform.

I do understand the values of having a game box on a shelf or in a crates (as someone who still has had many, many crates full of them). There’s a feeling there. However, it is a sign of the times that increasingly our business is going digital and not everything is going to be in both formats.

Not every game is appropriate for both formats given the economics involved. This is similar to Darkstalkers Resurrection or RE4 HD or Okami HD being physical in Japan, but digital in the West. Their COGS (costs of goods sold) and retail margins and reserve issues are entirely different there given the market differences. It’s a sad fact, but it’s still a fact.

…Just keep in mind we haven’t shared full details yet. More details will become clear in a few weeks and hopefully the method to our madness will become more clear.

We worked very hard to ensure a Western release on this title. If we’d said “no, it’s not coming”, it would have triggered the inevitable “please bring it to eshop, at least” cries. Instead we shortcutted that and brought it straight to eShop.

The rest of his response stated that not all the details have been made clear and we will know them in due time. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies is a 3DS exclusive and will be heading to Nintendo eShop in western regions in the Fall of this year. Once again, if you’re interested in the series, but can’t find a copy of any particular installment, Amazon has you covered.

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  • I’d rather have the game than not, so if digital is the way it has to be, I’m for it.

    • Sniper D. Luffy

      with most of the fanbase going ape on DD…looks like this is the final AA game we’re ever gonna have outside Japan…

  • well i gotta say he does have a point with the “at least eShop format” there but let us be honest here: Ace Attorney is a well known franchise already and we usually say the eShop thing with games like Senran Kagura or Code of Princess which are barely starting and they have to deal with the juggernauts out there. Ace Attorney popular enough and the popularity increased thanks to UMvC3 making it a juggernaut on its own matter so their decision is still stupid and they keep underestimating us.

    I call this already: Capcom will die in the next 5 years

  • You know, I hate the decision but “If we’d said “no, it’s not coming”, it would have triggered the inevitable “please bring it to eshop, at least” cries. Instead we shortcutted that and brought it straight to eShop.” I cant argue with him here, Id rather have the game that not at all

  • Svensson has promised more details in the coming weeks. Hopefully there might be some sort of physical or limited edition, available only on the Capcom Store.

    It’s a long shot, but here’s hoping.

  • I’m just glad that we’re getting this game at all. I download my 3DS games anyway, so it’s no big deal for me.

  • Digoth

    I own ~45 3ds games on physical format and it’s a bummer this won’t be joining it. they lost a sale from me.

    • Digoth is an idiot.

      No one really needs you, so you won’t be missed.

  • DigDugDude

    If you buy it from the eShop, it’s likely they’ll keep Ace Attorney games digital.
    If you don’t buy it from the eShop, they’ll assume that there is no western audience.

    I really don’t like this at all. I’m glad we’re getting it at all, but this is seriously irking me.

    • Bob.

      They already assumed there was no western audience when people pirated and/or boycotted Ace Investigations 1.
      Prove them wrong.

  • Peter

    Or, you know, they could have released it in both formats and made everyone happy. They even SAID that they knew people would be mad about this, and they did it anyway.

    • They knew that they couldn’t please everyone with this move, but from the standpoint of localization and distribution cost to profit, this was the most sensible move they felt that they could make. Ace Attorney has a very hardcore audience in the west; it’s just not large enough for them to cover the cost of a physical western release.

  • Crapcom

    Should have just told the truth – “We’re fucking cheap, and we don’t real care about regions outside Japan anyways.”

    • Bob.

      Actually, the message pirates have been sending to Capcom is “We’re fucking cheep, and we don’t really care about legitimately purchasing games from the Ace Attorney series anymore.”
      Pirates like self-entitled asshole gamers like yourself

    • Crapcom

      Piracy as the excuse? Hahahahaha yeah that sounds like something Capcom would be retarded enough to blame.

  • At least we see it. It’d be cool if they had box copies from the Capcom store so they can judge sales and supply while maximizing profit. Also preorders are good for this.

  • unknowncast

    Sign of the times? Having all future titles being digital would be equal things out. Not to mention that until the US adopt European rights in having digital purchases be identified as OUR stuff, digital only is a bad idea.

  • Now if only they would get back on their earlier thoughts about making AAI2 at least an eShop release in the West…

  • Not a huge fan of digital only for big games. If its a smaller game I can understand, but they should offer gamers a way to buy a physical edition even if it is nothing more than a limited supply so order fast scenario. Kind of what Vic Ireland did with Class of Heroes 2 recently. They had a 2700 physical sales goal, they met it, and now no more are for sale physically. Game is coming out digitally soon.

    • Tiredman is a moron

      One ROM dump is enough to kill the physical and digital sales of a game. Look what happened to Ace Investigations.

  • Bob.

    We deserved it. We pirated and boycotted Ace Investigations 1, and look what happened to 2.
    Capcom saw that the west wasn’t interested in buying copies of Ace Attorney. Be grateful that they’re releasing games from such an amazing franchise again.

    • Sniper D. Luffy

      2 was amazing too…a great sequel