Phoenix Wright creator wanted to end series after three games

Friday, 14th March 2014 02:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Phoenix Wright wasn’t meant to come back after the third entry in Capcom’s series of puzzling legal adventures.


Speaking to ONM, Phoenix Wright creator Shu Takumi said he felt three games were enough.

“I felt that Phoenix’s story had been told, and that the series should not continue”, he said.

“Knowing when to end a story is very important and I wanted to avoid dragging it out and having it become a shadow of its former self.”

When Ace Attorney 4 was given the greenlight, Takumi argued for Wright not to appear at all, having been replaced by newcomer Apollo Justice.

“Years later, when it was decided within Capcom that Ace Attorney 4 would go ahead, my position was that we should change the main character and tell a new story,” he said.

“I didn’t plan to have Phoenix in the game, but my colleagues said they wanted him to appear in some form, which is why he ended up being the accused in the first case in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.”

Takumi wrote Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright but did not pen fifth entry Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, in which Phoenix Wright returns to centre stage. However, the creator is back on board for the sixth game.

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  1. TheWulf

    And that would have been a pity, since Dual Destinies is honestly one of their best yet. I didn’t think they’d ever top Gumshoe, but they did with Fulbright. I’m sorry, but I can’t help but giggle at each and every…


    I’m glad to see that they’re just bringing in new ideas, new people, and new stories rather than just abandoning it. It’s the Doctor Who approach — you don’t need to kill something off forever, you just need to bring in fresh elements whilst keeping the core intact.

    Could have done with even less Phoenix and even more ‘Thena, but still.

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