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Capcom blog - Ace Attorney: Grave Wordplay Localizations and Their Gravy Consequences

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Localizing the Ace Attorney games is no easy task. They're chock-full of references and jokes that would only make sense to those who speak Japanese. How do you go about taking that content, adapting it for the rest of the world, and still retail the essence of the overall experience? Check out the dev blog below to find out!

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s me, Janet Hsu, back with another localization blog! We’re less than a month away now (April 9th!) from the release of “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy” on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam!

Whether you play the game in English or in Japanese, I’m sure the question of “I wonder what this pun is like in the other language?” comes up from time to time. After all, as a humor-based series, there are many elements that just wouldn’t make sense if it were literally translated, and that’s where localization comes in.

The thing with localization is that it isn’t this one cookie-cutter process that can be applied to any and every game. It requires a lot of thought and effort to balance the needs of the game and the player’s expectation that they’ll be able to beat the game of their own volition, among other things. For example, a game that takes place in Japan can be localized in any number of ways. In an action game where the Japanese setting and/or cultural references don’t directly affect a player’s ability to clear said gme, the Japanese setting and the Japanese text within the game may be left as-is.

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Capcom blog update - Shu Takumi's Reflections on Ace Attorney

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Capcom has shared a very special blog post today in preparation for the launch of Pheonix Wrigth: Ace Attorney Trilogy. None other than Shu Takumi, the original planner, scenario writer, and director for the series, has shared some thoughts! Check out the blog below.

Hello. This is Shu Takumi, the original planner, scenario writer, and director of the first three Ace Attorney games.

The first Ace Attorney game made its overseas debut in 2005, but it was originally released in Japan in 2001. So, as we approach the series’ 20th anniversary, I was surprised to hear that we would be releasing this latest version with redrawn graphics and a more refined UI. I was doubly surprised to hear that the series would be taking its first steps away from Nintendo handhelds to make its global multi-platform debut on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. While I left the actual work of porting the game to the dev team, when they showed me the final game on a large TV, I was surprised yet again by how fresh everything felt thanks to all the little details they had restored.

When I had set out to write the first game’s script, I had wanted to make it something people could play in 10 years’ time and still feel that it was as relevant then as when I’d written it. Therefore, I avoided things that would date it like using popular slang phrases or building stories around current affairs, and instead, focused on stories that anyone can easily relate to and understand... And now, here we are 18 years later. What started as the creation of a small, seven-member team has grown into a series that people all around the world can enjoy. As a creator, that fact in itself is a great source of joy for me. I am grateful for everyone’s love and support.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy to get a language patch this Summer

Capcom has announced that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is going to receive an update this Summer. One aspect of that update will be related to supported languages. Right now, the plan is for the update to include support for German, French, Korean, and Chinese (Simplified, Traditional).

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy comes to your favorite platform beginning April 9th, 2019 (Official PR)

OBJECTION! If it pleases the court, we’d like to present evidence that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is coming to all major platforms on April 9th, 2019! Pre-order now, and get ready for your big day at the defense bench!

Both greenhorns experiencing their first day in court and veterans who can tell the difference between a ladder and a step-ladder will be able to enjoy the early days of Phoenix Wright in this bundle of games, complete with a modern UI and other improvements for current consoles. Everything you know and love about Ace Attorney is here, including the characteristic investigations, courtroom antics, updated autopsy reports, and zany cast of characters that define everything that these games are known for.

The rules are quite a bit different in these courtrooms. Far from your standard jury trial, defense attorneys must conduct their own investigations in the world of Ace Attorney, and a three-day trial system ensures a speedy verdict for the accused. It’s up to you to gather evidence and interrogate witnesses during the investigation phase, then separate the truth from lies and use everything in your arsenal in a court of law! From pressing witnesses for more information, to presenting evidence to dispute statements, you’ll need to use every bit of evidence, testimony, and maybe a bit of bluffing to prove your client’s innocence!

Starting with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, step into the bright blue suit and put on the shiny new attorney’s badge of Phoenix as he takes on his earliest trials, beginning with defending his childhood friend from being falsely accused of murder. Proving the innocence of the hapless Larry Butz is just the beginning, though, as Phoenix begins to uncover a mystery years in the making. With the help of Maya Fey, a spirit medium and Phoenix’s self-assigned assistant, join Phoenix as he goes head-to-head against brutal prosecutors like Miles Edgeworth and Manfred von Karma and learns what it means to be a lawyer.

Taking place several months after the first game, Phoenix Wright: Justice for All sees Phoenix taking on new cases as a rising star among attorneys, even as he comes under attack from the deadly whip of Franziska von Karma. With a prosecutor prodigy attempting to tear him down at every turn in court, Phoenix will need all the help he can get! Fortunately, Phoenix has the power of the new Psyche-Lock system on his side, allowing him to see into people’s hearts and unlock the truth he needs to win the day in court.

The third game in the original trilogy, Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations starts off with a different tone, putting Phoenix in the hot seat of the accused! Taking a leap back in time, step into the shoes of a different attorney: Mia Fey, older sister of Maya Fey and Phoenix’s future boss. Mia’s first case is to defend a young art student by the name of Phoenix Wright in a trial that will set the stage for the rest of the game’s events. Explore the twists and turns of the legal system as you fight to reveal the truth, and unravel a mystery that bridges the gap between the past and present for both Phoenix and the Fey family.

Your day in court is coming soon, but don’t worry – you’ve got the best legal representation on your side with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy! Coming to all major platforms on April 9th, pre-order now to ensure you’re all set for your court date!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy seems set for NA/EU release on April 9th, 2019

Capcom said news on the release date for the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was going to hit this week, and it seems we've gotten our confirmation on that. According to an updated eShop listing for the game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is set to launch on April 9th, 2019. The title will take up 1.7 GB, and includes English and Japanese language support on day one, with French and German “to be added to the game in a post-launch update.”

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy - more gameplay

The Ace Attorney Trilogy contains all 14 chapters of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations. It will include English and Japanese language settings, and includes up to 10 save data slots.

Japan - Day 1 sales for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy and Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match DX

We've got two titles this week to check out day 1 sales for. See how Phoenix Wright and Girls und Panzer did below.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

- 20%
- low debut

Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match DX

- 40%
- Average debut

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy - more footage

The Ace Attorney Trilogy contains all 14 chapters of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations. It will include English and Japanese language settings, and includes up to 10 save data slots.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy - Japanese commercial

The Ace Attorney Trilogy contains all 14 chapters of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations. It will include English and Japanese language settings, and includes up to 10 save data slots.

The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy launches on Switch today in Japan.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy - gameplay footage

The Ace Attorney Trilogy contains all 14 chapters of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations. It will include English and Japanese language settings, and includes up to 10 save data slots.