It's been far too long since the last solo effort from everyone's favourite pointy-haired defense attorney. Sure, he shouted his "Objections!" and "Take thats!" in 2014's Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, but there he had to share the spotlight with the other titular protagonist. In Spirit of Justice, due to arrive this September on Nintendo 3DS, there won't be a top hat-wearing, puzzle-loving archeologist in sight.
That's not to say that Phoenix will be all alone in his new adventure. Indeed, the other ace attorney, Apollo Justice, will be involved in a case of his own with "explosive implications" at the Wright Anything Agency while Wright finds himself in the Far East. The latter's latest legal battles will be fought against the Royal Priestess in the "Kingdom of Khura’in, origin of the Kurain Channeling Technique, where mysterious séance trials decide the fate of all defendants." There players will be introduced to the "Divination Séance" gameplay mechanic, which allows the ability to "revisit the last moments of a victim’s life." In order to discover the truth, Phoenix will need to "unravel the discrepancies and contradictions between the Royal Priestess’s Insight and what is shown in the séance."
Of course, all (or at least most of) the usual fan favourite gameplay elements will return as well, as Capcom promises the new game will be "filled with puzzling cases to solve using popular investigative techniques from previous installments". Along the way, there will be "many" familiar faces reprising their roles, along with some highly distinctive new additions.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice will be launched this September in North America and Europe as a digital download through the Nintendo eShop.