Capcom Releases Demo Of ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit Of Justice’ To Build Hype For Sixth Game In Series

Capcom, the Japanese third-party video game developer and publisher, just recently released the demo for their latest installment in the Ace Attorney Series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice. It was surely released to help build hype and goad video gamers into buying the game which will release later on this week.

An article by Neoseeker reports that the sixth game in the primary timeline of the Ace Attorney Series will have Phoenix Wright, the main protagonist of the story as well as the series, travel to the land of Khura’in. There, Phoenix learns that the court system does not use the services of defense lawyers as the profession has been deemed illegal due to years of corruption. Instead, verdicts are given following divination seances that shows the last moments of victims before death. Needless to say, such a method of judging the guilty or innocent often leads to a lot of guilty verdicts.

While in the land of Khura’in, Phoenix Wright will have to defend his clients while also proving that the divination seances performed by the young priestess Rayfa Padma Khura’in aren’t necessarily lies but do not show the entire truth either.

Capcom recently released an eight-minute story trailer to bring things up to speed for Ace Attorney fans. It shows the events that led to Khura’in becoming a place that is void of defense lawyers followed by Phoenix Wright’s continued mission to defend the innocent. Apparently, he is still going one-on-one against Simon Blackquill. After his current case is extended by one more day, Phoenix receives a call from an old friend, someone who was absent in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies, Maya Fey. Maya was away in Khura’in doing intense spirit medium training. During their phone conversation, Maya is attacked by a hooligan. She is rescued by Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, a prosecutor who leads a small police force in the Khura’in. On the other end, Phoenix thinks the worse as his phone was cut off. He takes a plane and travels to Khura’in to find out what happened to Maya.

The eight-minute trailer confirms some of what was said by producer Motohide Eshiro and game and scenario director Takeshi Yamazaki during an interview with Siliconera. This includes the return of Maya Fey. However, it did not show gameplay changes. One change that was implemented was the return to the five-strikes system first used in the first game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Also, the game won’t just concentrate on Phoenix Wright in Khura’in. Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes will have their own cases to deal with back home in the U.S. In one case, they will be defending Phoenix’s adopted daughter, Trucy Wright.

As for the cases, they are just like the previous five titles in the Ace Attorney Series in which said stories are heavily influenced by Japanese culture at times. Still, their localization outside of Japan is taken seriously, though a lot of the story is kept in since the developers concentrated on making cases fun to solve. Too much deviation from the original product may sacrifice the fun factor.

‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice’ is the sixth game in the Ace Attorney Series by Capcom. Just like its predecessor, it is available digitally only outside of Japan. [Image via Capcom]
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice originally released in Japan back on June 9 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS and received critical acclaim. Famitsu gave the game a 34/40 rating, very good for a Nintendo 3DS game. Also, the Japanese release came in both hard copy and digital with a special edition option available. The rest of the world is getting shafted in this department as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice will only be available digitally. Still, it is better than nothing given how little love Capcom gives the Ace Attorney Series pertaining to international localization. Maybe the popularity of the anime adaption outside of Japan helped push it.

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