Want Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright? Tell Capcom
So do you guys want that newly unveiled crossover epic to make its way to Europe and North America? According to Capcom, you’re going to have to beg for it.
Rarely has a collaborative project been met with immediate praise and adoration: two of the most beloved handheld icons, the puzzle-solving Professor Layton and the ace attorney Phoenix Wright, join forces (or oppose one another?) in a crossover epic exclusive for the Nintendo 3DS. With the star power of two beloved franchises rolled into one, it seems like a no-brainer that this title will be localized out of Japan, doesn’t it?
Hold It! According to Capcom, the international release of Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright isn’t as guaranteed as you might imagine. In fact, the company wants its loyal fans to comment on their Capcom Unity page in order to “demand” that the crossover reaches North America and Europe. For now, Capcom states that the game has been announced “only for Japan”.
Quite puzzling, isn’t it? Both the Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright games have continually been released to the west, with the Professor Layton anime film the only property lacking an English dub (for now). Both titles are also massively popular, and certainly aren’t lacking in respective (and often coinciding) fans. Will that same audience take the time necessary to register for Unity membership and leave the appropriate number of comments to sway Capcom into localizing this newest project?
In all honesty, this is probably just a ploy by the company to increase membership and website hits. Even if they were foolish enough to pass on releasing the game, it is bound to be picked up by Level-5 (who recently opened a new studio in order to expedite localizations of their games). This does bring to mind a crossover game that never traversed beyond Japan, Namco X Capcom; the strategy RPG combined characters from both Capcom and Namco’s vault of games both classic and modern, such as Street Fighter, Tekken, Xenosaga, Darkstalkers, Klonoa, and so on. Whatever decision kept that game a Japanese exclusive won’t likely affect this more compact, but higher in demand crossover.