The Next Ace Attorney Game is Going Back in Time

A new entry in the Ace Attorney series was announced in Famitsu this week, and it’s going to star Phoenix Wright’s ancestor during the Japanese Meiji period, which took place from 1868 – 1912. The official Japanese title of the game is Dai Gyakuten Saiban – Haruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken (Grand Ace Attorney – The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke).

Naruhodou Ryuunosuke, the main protagonist of the game, shares the last name of Phoenix Wright’s Japanese name (Ryūichi Naruhodō.)


It’s assumed that the game is specifically taking place during this period because this is when the modern Japanese penal code was being first introduced.

Ace Attorney series creator Shu Takumi is serving as director for this new installment. His last involvement on a Phoenix Wright game was the spinoff Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which is coming out later this year for North America. Takumi wasn’t actually involved with the development of the last official game in the series, Dual Destinies, but it has been known for a while now that he was going to return to the series in one way or another.

The game has only been announced for Japanese audiences, and will be coming to the 3DS. There has been no word of whether an English version will be coming out.

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