It's been a long time since everyone's favourite pointy-haired defense lawyer appeared in court, but he's all set to make a comeback this fall when Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies releases digitally for Nintendo 3DS.
Dual Destinies is set eight years after Phoenix's last case, and he returns – quite literally – with a bang. His first new case begins with the destruction of a court room, and it's "down to Phoenix Wright and his team at the Wright Anything Agency to discover the cause of the destruction. Players will have to battle it out in court against Gaspen Payne, the younger brother of Winston Payne from previous Ace Attorney titles, as they defend the accused."
The new game promises to once again challenge players to "investigate each crime scene... to uncover any hidden evidence or clues. The drama continues in the court room as players present their evidence, challenge witnesses and begin to unravel the truth behind each of the cases." This time around, however, it will be displayed with "dynamic 3D visuals, making it possible to change views and zoom-in on areas."
Joining Wright are fellow lawyer Apollo Justice and a new Associate Attorney named Athena Cykes, whose "unique ability to psychoanalyse witnesses introduces a brand new element to proceedings. Using Athena’s ‘Mood Matrix’ players can detect the emotional state of a witness and tell whether they’re surprised, angry, happy or sad. Players can compare these feelings with the statement given by the witness, point out any contradictions between the two and challenge the witness testimony."
There is no firm release date scheduled for Dual Destinies so far, but you can look for Phoenix Wright to arrive back in Europe and North America sometime this fall. Unlike past games, however, the game will be distributed digitally, with no word as yet of a boxed version release.