Prepare Your Pointing Fingers For Fresh Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright Details!
A true gentleman always shares the new screenshots from his Court Record, Luke.
Polish up that attorney’s badge and ensure you’re wearing your finest top hat, because some sweet deets are finally starting to emerge for the 3DS crossover bonanza that is Professor Layton Vs. Ace Attorney.
Famitsu have revealed a host of new screens from the game, which looks to have all the eccentric characters and quirks you’d expect from an Ace Attorney or Professor Layton title. Character models are polygonal rather than pixellated, marking a unique departure for both series’ more traditional sprite-based roots (though recent Layton games have been delving into the world of modelled characters also).
The ever-reliable Andriasang has managed to swiftly translate Famitsu’s teasing new revelations on the game’s plot and playstyle. Wright and Layton cross paths in the mysterious ‘Labyrinth City’, a town apparently nestled in an entirely different world to either Layton or Wright’s own.
Phoenix appears to be challenging himself to new nuances in unknown judicial systems, testing his Attorney talents most Ace-ish against Labyrinth City’s notoriously complex ‘Witch Trials’.
A few details are also revealed regarding the inhabitants of this curious world Layton and Wright find themselves within. Remember the blonde girl from the splendid announcement trailer? Famitsu names her as Mahoney, who would seem to be Wright’s client and the game’s defendant.
Those hoping for an epic showdown between Wright and his perpetual frenemy Miles Edgeworth… well, Edgey’s a no-show as far as anyone knows. But instead, we see the arrival of funky new prosecutor Jeeken, an armour-clad chap with a splendid sword and the typical Ace Attorney prosecutor smugness in full effect.
There’s also talk of the so-called ‘Gunshuu Saiban’ system, which Andraisang’s translation states to be ‘Mob Judgement’. This apparently twists known Ace Attorney mechanics on their heads, with Phoenix reportedly having to face off against crowds of witnesses. It’s tricky enough convincing one witness in Wright’s adventures… will we now have to persuade several at once?
Unfortunately, there’s still very little word on exactly how Luke and Layton themselves fit into all this, though an acceptable guess is that puzzles are likely to be involved. Hopefully further details will emerge on their involvement in this intriguing game (which is releasing in 2012) soon.
However, in keeping with Layton’s gorgeous cutscenes in his games, Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney seems set to have voices for all protagonists, including, for the first time, Maya and Phoenix. Andriasang has more on this exciting development, explaining that the actors portraying Wright and Maya (Hiroki Narimiya and Mirei Kiritani) in the Ace Attorney movie will be reprising their roles for the Japanese game.
All very well and good. But what of us, in the West, far away from where this game is made? We in the West who have been so cruelly denied the second Miles Edgeworth Investigations DS game? It would seem that hopes for a Western release are on shaky ground.
But perhaps there is hope! Joystiq have reported that the UK GameStop website has a placeholder preorder page for the game (though bizarrely, at the time of writing lists it as a ‘driving’ game). So there’s a chance it could come our way! And if it’s out in the UK, surely it’d be out in Europe, and if it’s in Europe, surely it’d be out in America. I mean, it’s not as if games ever make it to one territory and not the oth–oh, wait.
Fingers are crossed that this enticing title makes its way westwards, and here’s hoping we see more of Layton’s role in all this revealed soon!