Capcom has confirmed that the Ace Attorney series is going back in time to 19th century Japan, and we have a whole new crazy cast of characters to get to know.
First and foremost is our protagonist and Phoenix Wright’s great great great great grandfather, Ryuunosuke Naruhodo. Stuck in the new age of Japanese law, he’s going to have to learn all the new rules and customs to defend his clients and become the best lawyer he can be. Sound familiar? I’m really interested in hearing how they translate his name into English should Capcom find it in its heart to ever localize this game.
I really have to question the origins of this character, though. Phoenix Wright has always been a self-built lawyer who didn’t have a family legacy or anything to his name when he was getting started in the first game. He certainly faced off against prosecutors with lineage in the field of law, but I never would have guessed that he was inspired by ancestors to take up his profession.
Also featured in this trailer is the silhouette of a young female, presumably a love interest or the nagging female sidekick who will follow Ryuunosuke around wherever he goes. Some things just never change in the Ace Attorney universe, do they?
The series’ original creator, Shu Takumi, is returning to the director’s chair for the first time since the original trilogy, so he is no longer just on oversight duties. I’ve liked the entries in the series since his departure from direct control, but it’s great to see him back.