Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies headed to eShop in autumn

By Brenna Hillier, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 00:43 GMT

The game formerly known as Ace Attorney 5 will skip western retail to release digitally under the title Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies. First English trailer and screenshots within.

Capcom today confirmed 3DS exclusive Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies for release in Europe and North America during northern autumn, but only as an eShop release; there will be no retail launch.

“Sorry guys, but a physical release is not in the cards,” Capcom senior vice president Christain Svensson wrote on Capcom Unity.

“Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the game for as long as possible. With that in mind we have opted for a digital only release via the Nintendo 3DS eShop.”

Svensson said he understands some fans may be upset, and said pricing information is coming soon, which may “shed more light on the strategy at play here” – so we could be looking at a bargain.

The title is the fifth core entry in the Ace Attorney series, and the first to utilise 3D graphics – allowing for zooming and panning to uncover new clues – and voice acting.

After leaving the limelight to protoge Apollo Justice in the last game, Phoenix Wright is back after an eight year legal hiatus. After a bomb destroys a courtroom, the agents of Wright Anything go to work to uncover the cause.

Wright’s main antagonist in this title is Gaspen Payne, the younger brother of Winston Payne. His allies are Apollo Justice and new associate attorney Athena Cykes, who can psychoanalyse witnesses.

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