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The Great Ace Attorney 2 launched in Japan last August, and will likely remain Japan-exclusive as was the case with its predecessor. But now the question is, what comes next for the series? Capcom did confirm that the franchise will be appearing on Switch in some fashion, but hasn’t divulged any specifics – though rumors are out there.

Regarding the future of Ace Attorney, producer Motohide Eshiro told Famitsu that he and series creator Shu Takumi and “thinking hard about what comes next and we’re getting things ready right now.”

Capcom UK shared a new Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice developer interview today. Veterans Takeshi Yamazaki and Motohide Eshiro talk a bit about some of the new features, favorite characters, and more. Watch the full video below.

Siliconera had the opportunity to send some questions to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice producer Motohide Eshiro and scenario director Takeshi Yamazaki. The two commented on Maya’s return, the change inpenalty system, Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, and fan feedback.

These excerpts can be found after the break. Head on over to Siliconera for the full interview.

Last month, we shared some excerpts from a Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice developer interview included in a recent issue of Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream. If you missed it, head on over here for tidbits about Maya’s return, scrapped ideas, and more.

What we translated didn’t actually cover Nintendo Dream’s entire discussion. There were also several pages dedicated entirely to talk about the different characters in the game, ranging from big ones like Phoenix and Apollo up through new additions such as Ahlbi. We now have an extremely lengthy summary based on the interview with Motohide Eshiro (producer), Takeshi Yamazaki (director), and Takuro Fuse (co-director).

If you decide to proceed, be aware that there are some light spoilers. The summary covers characters included in multiple cases.

Page 1: Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, Athena Cykes
Page 2: Maya Fey
Page 3: Rayfa Padma Khura’in (bonus: early concept art)
Page 4: Nahyuta Sahdmadhi (bonus: early concept art)
Page 5: Case 1 characters
Page 6: Case 2 characters
Page 7: Case 3 characters

In one of its recent issues, Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream conducted an extensive interview with some of the developers behind Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. Motohide Eshiro (producer), Takeshi Yamazaki (director), and Takuro Fuse (co-director) participated in the discussion.

There was a ton of talk about the 3DS game in Nintendo Dream’s interview spawning over 10 pages. The developers touched on topics like Maya’s return, ideas left on the cutting room floor, and more.

Head past the break to read up on our translation.

Last month’s issue of Nintendo Dream has a big interview with Takeshi Yamazaki and Motohide Eshiro from Capcom about all things Ace Attorney. The two developers provided some interesting insight into Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies as well as Ace Attorney 6. It’s several pages long, so we went ahead and made a summary.

The most difficult aspect of developing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies was moving platforms from DS to 3DS. At the time, Capcom hesitated as to whether to keep the series in 2D or make it 3D. Because of the 3DS’ selling point had been about three-dimensional views, they decided to pursue the latter option.

Something similar happened with Ace Attorney Investigations. That title took more time to develop because they needed to create a new gameplay mechanism from scratch. However, when Capcom then made Ace Attorney Investigations 2, they already had the base game set up so they could focus more on the scenario.

Dengeki recently caught up with Motohide Eshiro, the producer of Ace Attorney 5. Eshiro spoke about the game’s difficulty, the possibility of an anime or even a drama series, where the Ace Attorney future lies after The Great Ace Attorney launches, and more.

The folks over at Court Records translated some of the tidbits from Dengeki’s interview. You can find them below.

– A lot of fans reacted positive to Apollo’s role in the game
– Some people thought the game was too easy and they’ll keep that in mind for future games
– Eshiro was overwhelmed when Apollo ranked first in the NicoNico GS character election (dates from August 2013). Also glad that characters like Blackquill and Fulbright ranked in high.
– Eshiro likes case 2 (he likes the creepy and mysterious atmosphere) and case 3.
– Yamazaki likes the last case
– Eshiro knows a lot of fans want an anime, but such a project costs a lot of time, and they just never managed to get the timing right for something like that. And just an anime would be boring, so he would like to do something special with it if they were to produce one.
– Personally, Eshiro would want to do a late night TV drama series, because he thinks the format fits GS well.
– The interviewer suggests a GS concert, to which Eshiro said he would think about it (laugh)
– Yamazaki would like to do something like a real-life game (i.e. escape the room games).
– GS5 is not the end of the GS series, DGS is coming and they’ll want to do even more after that.

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Ace Attorney producer Motohide Eshiro was recently asked by Famitsu about the kinds of games he’d be interested in working on in the future. Eshiro responded by referring to a number of potential titles, including a remake of Final Fight. You can find Eshiro’s full comments shared with Famitsu below.