This game doesn't come out until next year? OBJECTION!
Last updated: 06/23/2006 by Karl Castaneda
The oh-so-difficult-to-attain Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was a huge sleeper hit when it released last year, and for good reason. The quirky humor, sharp visual style, and compelling story made it a great fit for gamers looking for a good text-based title. It’s hard to believe that it was only an enhanced port of a GBA game. Capcom’s set on continuing the cycle, though, and early next year we’re set to receive a remake of Gyakuten Saiban 2, which will be known stateside as Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All.
Not a whole lot is known right now, but we can see a few concrete details from the trailer. Maya Fey is back for more action, and it would seem she’s brought a younger relative named Pearl Fey. And while Prosecutor von Karma was vanquished at the end of the first game, it looks like he might be avenged by another character addition: the ice-cold Franziska von Karma. As if that wasn’t enough, Phoenix’s arch-rival, Miles Edgeworth is back to make your cases a royal pain in the neck.
Like the original, most of the game will involve investigating locales for evidence to use in court and pressing witnesses on the stand until they reveal the information you need to prove your client innocent. Fortunately, that’s not all; this time around, Capcom’s included a new gameplay mechanic to make trials a bit more interesting. Not only will Phoenix have to catch consistency errors, but he’ll also have to penetrate “psyche locks” in a person’s mind to uncover the truth. Exactly how he’ll do that is still unknown, however.
What made the first Ace Attorney such a steal was that, in addition to the trials ported form the GBA version, a new case was unlocked at the end of the game. Unfortunately, it’s unknown at this time what, if any, new additions will be included. Justice for All is on track for a U.S. release early next year, so stay tuned to PGC as more information on the game breaks.