By Paul Kainoa Vigil / April 6th, 2015
A new trailer for The Great Ace Attorney premiered on Japan’s broadcast of the April 1st Nintendo Direct. It’s a fairly lengthy trailer, clocking in at around five minutes. It introduces the characters (including the prosecutor!) and the Juror System present in this game while also introducing some new features. New to the Ace Attorney series is the “Closing Argument” which allows the player character to make a desperate effort to prevent the jurors from reaching a Guilty verdict. The Jury System decides whether or not the player successfully completes a case. According to a recent issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, as long as a majority of the jurors vote Not Guilty, it’s a victory for the defense.
The Great Ace Attorney is Shu Takumi’s return to writing a dedicated Ace Attorney game. Most recently, he’s written for Capcom’s Ghost Trick and the crossover project Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. But not since Apollo Justice has Takumi written for a core Ace Attorney game. Some gameplay mechanics present in The Great Ace Attorney are inspired by PL vs. PW, including the evaluation of multiple witnesses’ testimonies.
No localization for The Great Ace Attorney has been announced yet. However, after the localization of Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and PL VS PW (which I would suggest, was a longshot and wasn’t immediately localized after the Japanese launch to begin with) there’s reason to be hopeful about the Ace Attorney franchise in the West.
The Great Ace Attorney will be released in Japan on July 9th. The next time to expect new information for The Great Ace Attorney is likely at Nico Nico Chou Kaigi 2015, a public convention running on April 25th and 26th in Japan. Capcom has announced their presence at the event and will be promoting a variety of titles, including Street Fighter V and Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition.
An English-subtitled version of the new trailer was uploaded to YouTube user Bolt2nd’s account. Check it out below!
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