The protagonist of most of the Ace Attorney series, Phoenix Wright, is a pretty iconic character with his trademark suit and spiked hair. Only one game in the main series, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, has had a different protagonist, but it still revolved around Phoenix hiring the rookie attorney Apollo Justice. With this next installment, however, director Shu Takumi plans to shake things up a bit.
A scan from the upcoming issue of Famitsu teases that the next game will feature a young man as the new character, with the setting being Japan’s Meiji Era. For those who don’t know, the Meiji Era is the period of time between 1868 and 1912 when Japanese society started to move from an isolated feudal society to its modern form. This prompted changes in its social structure, politics, economy, military, and relations with foreign powers. It is definitely a much different setting than we’ve seen in game design, and it will be cool to see how the game develops with this shift from the rest of the series.
The game is tentatively titled Dai Gyakuten Saiban – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke (Grand Turnabout Trial – The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke) and will be coming to the 3DS in Japan. No localized version has been revealed as of yet (if that title wasn’t obvious enough), and unfortunately, Capcom may have difficulties with the setting that prevent localization.
This has happened with Ace Attorney in the past. The previous game, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, was digital exclusive outside of Japan and had DLC that couldn’t be localized due to the case being reliant on knowledge of Japanese culture. Considering that the next game takes place in an era that many Westerners do not study, the context could potentially be lost on such an audience.
If it does make its way west, I’m sure that the next Ace Attorney will be as great as the excellent Dual Destinies. As for Japan, no release date has been announced yet, but Famitsu will have more details about the game, as well as an upcoming interview with Shu Takumi.