Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney dev talks plot, witch trials

By Dave Cook
22 October 2012 13:38 GMT

Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney is heading to 3DS across Japan in November, and is still waiting for a Western release. Phoenix Wright creator Shu Takumi has shed new light on the game’s dual-layered plot, that focuses around medieval witch hunts.

Nintendo Life reports that Takumi discussed the plot with OtonaFami, and describes the problems facing both stars thanks to the volatile medieval setting.

“I wanted to [do] something I wouldn’t be able to do in the proper Ace Attorney series,” Takumi explained, “And I thought, isn’t there something that would also fit to the fantasy-esque worlds of Professor Layton? ‘Then it has to be the witch trials,’ I thought.”

“And regarding the mob trials, when I imagined a trial in a medieval world, a lawless image came to be, with people yelling “I saw it,” “No, that’s wrong!” It seemed interesting for the game, so I used that.”

“I felt that Professor Layton’s adventure movie-esque elements shouldn’t be absent. I think that the mystery element is really concentrated in the concept of the medieval witch trials.”

“Things natural to the modern world, like fingerprint analyses or other scientific methods don’t exist there. Instead, you’re hurled into a world where the rules of science of the real world don’t apply, where a witch exists who uses magic to commit crime.”

“In this incomprehensible situation, what are you going to use to build your logic and how are you going to defend your client? To find a way to turn things around in total darkness, that’s the theme this time.”

“On the other hand, Professor Layton is also solving puzzles, and with him chasing the secret behind the mysterious town, we have a double layered story.”

What do you make of the story? Is throwing both Layton and Wright out of their respective depths a good move? Let us know below.

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