A new Ace Attorney game was revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu earlier this week, but details were few and far between. However, according to early reports, the title would act as a spin-off from the main series, set in the Japanese Meiji era. Luckily, translators have been on hand and divulged the details from series creator Shu Takumi’s interview in Famitsu.
The Great Ace Attorney – or known as Dai Gyakuten Saiban – will be set in the 19th century and focus purely on mystery, with inspiration taken from Takumi’s childhood reading from classic mystery novels. According to the creator, when development was completed for Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the idea for a new Ace Attorney game was already in the works. The team then looked to the Meiji era to utilise ideas they’d had previously but never found the chance to develop.
The game’s producer Shintaro Kojima was welcomed onto the team in order to see the franchise explore a new era with different approaches, reaching out to newcomers as well as long-time series fans. Here’s what Shu Takumi had to say on the game’s development, including a possible introduction to civil trials.
“A big part of it came from wanting to make it different from the main games. When we first started this project, we thought about all kinds of ways as to how we could make it different from the main games. At first, we thought about having civil trials, but that would have made it difficult to show a decisive victory or defeat.”
“That would have made things about compensation instead of guilt and innocence, so in the end, we thought that [having them say] ‘court established settlement!’ would have been a bit too much. In the end, we kept the focus on the mystery part of it, and thought that simply changing the era would be good enough.”