Ace Attorney 6 confirmed for Western release, will arrive this September
Phoenix Wright just can't catch a break. Despite a stage musical, a film adaptation, a currently-running animated series, crossover titles and a modest yet healthy worldwide fandom, Capcom always seems to drag its feet until the very last minute when it comes to bringing these games to the West. Case in point, we still don't have a localized version confirmed for Dai Gyakuten Saiban, the spinoff/prequel by series creator Shu Takumi, which sees you pairing up with bishonen Sherlock Holmes, for pete's sake.
But, well, baby steps: Ace Attorney 6 has at least finally been confirmed for Stateside and European release via Nintendo's eShop. It will arrive this September, going for $29.99.
You'll remember that Ace Attorney 5 -- which saw Phoenix Wright, Esq., returning from retirement and running a full-on law firm with his daughter Trucy, newbie lawyer Athena Sykes, and perpetual buttmonkey Apollo Justice -- was also a digital-only release. (Though the even-more-niche crossover title, Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney, got an actual cartridge edition. I loved it, but I'm still trying to figure that one out.) Ace Attorney 6 has us catching up with Maya Fey, Phoenix's assistant and heir to a long line of spirit mediums, who has traveled to the fictional Asian country of "Khura'in" in order to train, when Bad Things start to happen. Khura'in solves its murder cases by channeling the spirits of the deceased, so Phoenix has an uphill battle ahead of him getting his defense lawyerin' skills recognized by the local courts.
I'm going to go ahead and assume that "Khura'in" is meant to be the same thing as "Kurain" -- it sounds the same, in the anime prologue below -- which is the name of the village and channeling school to which Maya belongs. So if you spent the bulk of Ace Attorney 5 wishing it spent more time with the series's more established characters, this one is looking like a fan-pleaser. If you're waiting for the series to properly tie off some remaining plot threads from the fourth game, well... maybe? Half the game supposedly follows Apollo and Athena back in Japan Los Angeles, so fingers crossed.
Anyway, to tide you over till September, you might want to check out the Ace Attorney anime currently simulcast on Crunchyroll. They even have an 'alternate English subtitles' track which uses the localized names and pop culture references! What a great time to be alive.