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Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: 'I wanted to do something I couldn't do with Ace Attorney,' says Takumi

Normal rules of crime solving don't apply in this fantasy tale

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."

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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?

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  1. MartinIsAwesome Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 10:10

    Man, I feel really sorry for Phoenix. It looks like he'll be a complete fish out of water in this new game world. I hope he manages to adapt to the new set of rules.
    I wonder though whether the mob testimony elements will be like those Professor Layton puzzles where you get five statements from five people and have to use logic to tell which one is telling the truth or lying. That would certainly make more a more interesting cross examination.

    Still no world of a western release though. Sort it out Capcom.

  2. GuitarHero Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 15:42

    I'd love it to come to the UK, but it's still looking unlikely at the moment.

  3. PeterR Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 15:51

    Every time i see Layton and Wright together I hope its news of a European release. Alas i must continue to hope. This has been my most wanted 3DS game for quite some time.

  4. Kirby8 Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 15:57

    It goes without saying that this needs a European release. With AA 5 being released here, hope is high. Both franchises release games here, so I don't see why they wouldn't release a crossover, unless they can't be bothered to localise it.

    Man, I feel really sorry for Phoenix. It looks like he'll be a complete fish out of water in this new game world. I hope he manages to adapt to the new set of rules.

    I'm sure he'll adapt quickly. He's a smart guy. Whilst lack of scientific evidence like ballistics, fingerprints, etc will be hard to deal with, he's had to deal with some crazy cases, including AA:JfA case 2, where a murder happened during a spirit channelling. So he's dealt with his fair share of strange.

    I wonder though whether the mob testimony elements will be like those Professor Layton puzzles where you get five statements from five people and have to use logic to tell which one is telling the truth or lying. That would certainly make more a more interesting cross examination.

    I think that'd be great! I was thinking about things like this, where they mix them the two together. I really looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.

  5. Lew3107 Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 18:37

    As far as I'm concerned, it's definitely going to get a worldwide release. C'mon; Professor Layton is popular everywhere, Ace Attorney is popular everywhere and the 3DS is the most popular handheld ahead of the Vita. How could it not get released?
    As soon as this is released (fingers crossed), I will rush out and finally buy a 3DS. I'll get Project X Zone, Ace Attorney 5 and Bravely Default while I'm out there.

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