Ace Attorney 5 Coming To Western Market as Downloadable Game

Ace Attorney 5
Capcom is all set to bring its lawyer extraordinaire as Pheonix Wright will be gracing the US and UK market space in Ace Attorney 5.

Set to be released in the Japanese market on 25th July, Ace Attorney 5 has been renamed as Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies.

Featuring the same gameplay as its Japanese counterpart, this version of Ace Attorney 5 will have English translations as evidenced by the reveal video above.

However the game will only be released via digital download in the western 3DS market.

Upon receiving certain concerns regarding this distribution strategy, Capcom USA Senior Vice President Christian Svensson addressed the situation in Capcom forums by stating that:

I think you’re selling yourself and the AA community short,I also think you underestimate our relationship with [Nintendo of America] and what I hope will be our ability to keep it surfaced for more than just a few weeks.  NOA has been extremely supportive of MH3 Ultimate. I see no reason why they wouldn’t be equally supportive of AA:DD.

One reason for this distribution strategy might have been due to the fact that several retailers in western markets have not been supportive of the Ace Attorney brand. Svensson had the following to say regarding this matter:

Sorry guys, but a physical release is not in the cards.Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the game for as long as possible. With that in mind we have opted for a digital only release via the Nintendo 3DS eShop. I understand that this decision may upset fans who wanted to have a physical version of the title to add to their collection but we believe this direction is the best to take.

Aside from vague release window, another aspect of the game that is still in the air is its pricing. While most Ace Attorney 3DS games have been priced between $30-$40, the iOs versions have been historically priced at $5.

Even Capcom VP Svensson was coy about pricing details for Ace Attorney 5 as he said that “We will be confirming details on the price point in the not-so-distant future which I hope will also shed more light on the strategy at play here.”

Ace Attorney -Dual Destinies is scheduled for release in the Fall 2013 window in the US and European markets.