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Update: More information has come out of the leak, specifically relating to The Great Ace Attorney. The big news is that localization appears to be in the cards. Plans are in place for English voices. To preserve the original Japanese culture, a screenshot in the presentation shows that evidence will remain in Japanese, but shows English subtitles.


Original: Earlier this month, Capcom suffered a network breach. The company said that the incident occurred “due to unauthorized access carried out by a third party”. It seems that some information was lifted off of Capcom’s servers, as information regarding future plans have now surfaced online.

Part of the leak involves a new Ace Attorney collection from Capcom. At the moment, we only know that The Great Ace Attorney and its sequel The Great Ace Attorney 2 are being brought to Switch. They’ll be offered physically as part of a set with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy in Japan. There’s been no official announcement yet, so it’s not clear if there are any plans for the west.

The Great Ace Attorney debuted in Japan last year. Sadly, there hasn’t been any news about it heading west. That’s not due to a lack of interest from Capcom though.

Speaking with GameSpot, Ace Attorney series producer Motohide Eshiro mentioned that Capcom wants to localize The Great Ace Attorney. However, “a number of circumstances” are preventing that from happening at the moment.

Eshiro said:

“Unfortunately there’s a number of circumstances… We absolutely do want to bring it to the West, but unfortunately due to these circumstances right now… I’m really really sorry! Nowadays on the Internet lots of fans are directly asking us, ‘Where’s Daigyakuten Saiban?’ On livestreams, even in the Japanese ones, people from the West will write in and ask where it is. Every time we say, we’re sorry! Certain circumstances are kind of getting in the way.”

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Towards the end of last week, Capcom announced that an artbook for The Great Ace Attorney will arrive in Japan later this year courtesy of Dengeki. A specific date was not shared at the time. It will be your typical artbook, and will contain illustrations from character designer Kazuya Nuri.

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There’s been lots of Ace Attorney-related news lately since the next mainline game was announced this week. However, the latest spin-off title, The Great Ace Attorney, is still trucking along in Japan. Today marks the release of its eighth and final round of DLC. The eighth issue of Randst Magazine contains the following:

– a short episode with Sherlock Holmes on trial
– Nintendo 3DS Theme featuring Kazuma Asougi
– concept-art for the characters Episode 3 and 5
– Behind the Scenes video for the game’s sound effects
– beta music for Naruhodou Ryuunosuke

The most interesting thing about it, however, is that it also includes this message from Shu Takumi, basically the creator of the whole Ace Attorney franchise:

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“London, at the turn of the 20th century…
I hope you enjoyed your great turnabout voyage.
The team is looking forward to the day we can meet you again in Ryuunosuke’s next adventure.”

(all credit to Court-Records for the translation)

Does this mean a sequel to The Great Ace Attorney is in the works? We don’t know for sure, but it’s definitely a possibility. Sadly, a Western release for a possible sequel seems pretty unlikely, given that Capcom seems to have no plans to localize the first one.

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Via Famitsu, Capcom announced Ace Attorney 6 today. And amazingly enough, it only took a few hours for the company to confirm a western release. But what about the localization of the previous entry in the franchise, The Great Ace Attorney?

Sadly, we may have some disappointing news to share on that front. Tweets from Capcom’s French Twitter account indicate that there are no plans to bring The Great Ace Attorney to the west.

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Capcom is keeping up its steady stream of DLC for The Great Ace Attorney. The seventh round of the paid “Randst Magazine” DLC is now out in Japan. It includes the following:

– short episode focused on Gina Lestrade
– Nintendo 3DS Theme featuring Auchi Taketsuchi
– commentary video with Shu Takumi (Director) about Episode 5
– concept-art for Episode 1
– Behind the Scenes video for the game’s music
– beta music for Gina Lestrade

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Capcom has released the sixth Randst Magazine for The Great Ace Attorney in Japan. This features a Souseki theme and short, Barok concept art and voice, episode 4 commentary, and Vortex’s beta music.

A few photos of the new DLC for The Great Ace Attorney are in the gallery below.

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Capcom has released the fifth Randst Magazine for The Great Ace Attorney in Japan. This features Asougi art, voice, and beta music, another Iris/Holmes doll theme, episode 3 commentary, and another short.

A few photos of the new DLC for The Great Ace Attorney are in the gallery below.

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The Great Ace Attorney has been out in Japan for a couple of weeks now. Recently, an official character poll was conducted where fans could vote on their favorites. Capcom has now published the results – the most popular character is Kazuma Asougi, a close friend of main character Naruhodou Ryuunosuke, who himself only came in fourth. Second place is claimed by Sherlock Holmes and Barok Van Zieks, the rival prosecutor of this game, placed third. Check out the full results in the gallery below.

There is still no word on a Western release date for this game. Hopefully we’ll hear about it soon.

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Capcom has released the fourth Randst Magazine for The Great Ace Attorney in Japan. This features a Barok theme, Iris voice clips/art/beta theme music, case 2 commentary from director Shu Takumi, and Ryuu vs. the 5 orange pips.

A few photos of the new DLC for The Great Ace Attorney are in the gallery below.

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