Shu Takumi, the creator of the Ace Attorney series, has said he relished working on Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright as it gave him an opportunity to do something he isn't normally able to do with his handheld courtroom dramas.
It seems that Takumi decided to make a story rooted in the traditions of Professor Layton games rather than the Ace Attorney games.
"I wanted to something I wouldn't be able to do in the proper Ace Attorney series," said Takumi in an interview with OtonaFami. "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."
The fantasy setting also meant that the normal rules of crime-solving don't apply. Takumi added: "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."
It sounds intriguing. Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright will be released in Japan in November. Do you want it to be released in the UK?