Level 5 Reveals New Professor Layton Game: Layton 7

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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This morning in the Land of the Rising Sun (Japan), Level 5 held their “Level 5 Vision 2013” event. As you could probably tell by the name, everything Level 5 was discussed and showcased – including new game announcements. However, the game many a gamer was looking forward to hearing about was a possible new entry into the Professor Layton series. I hate to spoil the surprise, but we got just that. This new dose of Professor Layton goodness is aptly titled Layton 7 for iOS, Android, and 3DS.

Layton 7 can almost be looked at as a spin-off, but not in a bad way. On this new puzzle-filled adventure, players will shockingly not be the code cracking, puzzle solving extraordinaire Professor Layton. In his stead, you’ll fill the shoes of a collection of “bystanders” — a taxi driver, a little kid and a dog, just to name a few — in a fictionalized London, as per usual. One of the other various changes — pointed out by the screenshot below — is the isometric camera angle used in Layton 7. This new perspective allows players to see their current character walk the streets and offers a whole new “feel” to the usual formula.

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The interesting new camera angle.

 

A release date and localization for Layton 7 currently haven’t been announced, but Level 5 stated that more details will becoming soon. How do you all feel about these changes? Will these changes spice up the series? Go forth and discuss in the comments!

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About Arik Yates

Former Contributor- Arik (yes, it's with an "A") is an aspiring video game journalist and professional monster hunter. He joined Operation Rainfall in January of 2013 and has been following since the Xenoblade days. His gaming obsessions include Uncharted, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, No More Heroes, and Bioshock.




  • James Best

    I had a suspicion Azran Legacy wouldn’t be the last Layton game after all.

  • Klagmar

    I knew the next Layton game wasn’t going to star the professor, but I always assumed the star would be one of his many protégés, not random new characters. I’m also not a huge fan of the isometric view – how can they throw out the beautiful hand-drawn environments of the other games?

  • Do they think they’re Capcom?

    Mobile? Yeah, no thanks.