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Gyakuten Kenji 2 (逆転検事 2 Gyakuten Kenji 2, lit. "Turnabout Prosecutor 2"), also referred to as Ace Attorney Investigations 2 by Capcom staff, is the sequel to Gyakuten Kenji (known as Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth in English) and the sixth game in the Ace Attorney series of text adventure video games. Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, Detective Dick Gumshoe, and self-proclaimed "Great Thief" Kay Faraday reprise their roles as main characters in the game. Motohide Eshiro, Takeshi Yamazaki, Minae Matsukawa, and Noriyuki Iwadare also reprised their roles as producer, director, art director, and soundtrack composer, respectively. The game was announced in the September 2010 issue of Famitsu, with a scan of the announcement page revealed on the internet on September 7, 2010.
A release outside of Japan is currently not planned. On March 18, 2011, during a live streamed Q&A session with Capcom employees, upon being asked whether "Ace Attorney Investigations 2" would be released outside of Japan, Christian Svensson (then senior vice president of Capcom USA) replied, "No. Sorry about that." He later clarified on Capcom's forums, "The costs of localization [on the Nintendo DS] are higher than the forecasted return. [...] I realize there are fans who would like to have this and I'll be sure to explore ways that could happen viably in the future with our strategy and R&D teams but no promises." In the wake of petitions to have the game localized, Svensson mentioned that niche titles like Gyakuten Kenji 2 could be good candidates for digital distribution. Svensson reportedly attempted to convince Capcom to greenlight Ace Attorney Investigations 2 for another medium, but left Capcom on July 11, 2013 due to staff reorganization. In lieu of an official release, a fan-made English patch of the game has been developed under the name Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth: Prosecutor's Path.
All of the main features seen in the previous game returned for interation, including the investigation/argument structure, the logic gameplay mechanic and Little Thief. Little Thief itself has been given updates such as the ability to recreate an area in multiple instances of time. In addition, the metal detector seen in Turnabout Goodbyes and Bridge to the Turnabout returned for The Imprisoned Turnabout. The police dog Missile is also used as a gameplay during The Imprisoned Turnabout. Ema Skye also returns to re-introduce luminol and fingerprint testing in The Forgotten Turnabout, and instances of video inspection are also included in The Imprisoned Turnabout and The Grand Turnabout.
Gyakuten Kenji 2 features a new gameplay element called "Logic Chess". When interrogating a person who refuses to testify, the background changes to a chessboard with chess pieces, as if Miles Edgeworth and the other person were in a mental chess match. Similarly to the magatama feature in Phoenix Wright's games, this feature is used to pry secret information from various people. However, instead of just presenting evidence, the player is presented with two or more options at each decision prompt.
There is a time limit to this mental exchange; when it expires, the opponent will change his or her mind and not entertain Edgeworth further. This emphasizes the need to analyze the situation quickly and adapt to each opponent's personality. For example, against a cautious opponent, one may want to ask a question that they are guaranteed to answer. Through this, Edgeworth can slowly gain information needed to "win".
When the opponent makes a suspicious statement, a chess piece icon appears next to one of the choices, marking it as the critical "move" to make to knock out one of the opponent's pieces. Edgeworth can either choose to pursue this or choose to wait to get into a better "position" in the "game". By choosing incorrectly (i.e., waiting for too long or striking too soon), Edgeworth risks incurring a penalty to his time limit.
The story mainly revolves around Edgeworth's struggle to determine the meaning of his job in relation to finding the truth behind a collection of cases. This is exacerbated when he becomes a target of the so-called "Prosecutor Purge", an inquisition conducted by the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee intended to weed out and replace prosecutors who are judged to be incompetent or acting inappropriately. Judge Hakari Mikagami is mysteriously sent to cases that Edgeworth is investigating and attempts to replace him with a younger, less competent prosecutor named Yumihiko Ichiyanagi. Edgeworth himself risks his badge in order to continue his quest for the truth. In the meantime, he faces a personal conflict when he meets Tateyuki Shigaraki, a defense attorney who used to be an assistant to Edgeworth's father Gregory Edgeworth and has taken over the Edgeworth Law Offices after his death. Shigaraki offers the younger Edgeworth the chance to follow in his father's footsteps and become a defense attorney.
- Turnabout Target (逆転の標的): An assassination attempt on a foreign country's president that leads to the death of one of his bodyguards is investigated by Edgeworth.
- The Imprisoned Turnabout (獄中の逆転): The murder of the previous case's culprit in jail leads Edgeworth to investigate as he first comes under fire by the P.I.C. and it's leader.
- The Inherited Turnabout: Edgeworth gets mixed up in a murder case that's been awaiting resolution since his father's final case before his death 18 years ago. Parts of this episode are played from his father's perspective.
- The Forgotten Turnabout: An amnesiac is accused for murder after being kidnapped, and Edgeworth must put a valuable on the line in order to investigate.
- The Grand Turnabout: A murder and a kidnapping lead to the resolution of a a case 12 years prior, which allows Edgeworth to uncover the mastermind behind the game's events.
- Main article: Timeline
Characters named during development
The following is a list of characters who were named before the release of Gyakuten Kenji 2. The full character list for each episode can be found in its corresponding article.
- Miles Edgeworth - a prosecutor who serves as the game's protagonist.
- Gregory Edgeworth - Miles's father, who a talented defense attorney until DL-6 Incident. He is playable in parts of The Inherited Turnabout, which follows the investigation into his final case.
- Tateyuki Shigaraki (信楽 盾之) - a laid-back defense attorney who was Gregory Edgeworth's assistant when he was younger. Named "Raymond Shields" in the unofficial English fan translation patch, but likes to be called "Ray".
- Hakari Mikagami (水鏡秤) - a no-nonsense judge who seems to want to take away Miles Edgeworth's prosecutor's badge and ability to investigate cases. Named "Justine Courtney" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Yumihiko Ichiyanagi (一柳 弓彦) - a laughably incompetent prosecutor whom Mikagami wishes to replace Miles Edgeworth with. Named "Sebastian Debeste" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- "John Doe" - a suspect who claims to be a simple ice-cream salesman.
- Winston Payne - a prosecutor who was present in the audience when the assassination attempt on Teikun Ō was made during the latter's speech.
The Imprisoned Turnabout:
- Shi-Long Lang - an elite Interpol agent now apparently bereft of his usual team of 100 subordinates.
The Inherited Turnabout:
- Manfred von Karma - a feared legendary prosecutor who tried to obstruct Gregory Edgeworth's investigation.
- Larry Butz - a childhood friend of Miles Edgeworth's who frequently changes jobs and girlfriends.
The Forgotten Turnabout:
- Franziska von Karma - a competitive young whip-wielding prosecutor working with Interpol who is Miles Edgeworth's adoptive sister.
- Lotta Hart - a hot-tempered photo journalist who is always searching for her next scoop.
- Ema Skye - a forensics-obsessed teenager.
The Grand Turnabout:
- Will Powers - an actor with a gentle personality, but always given roles that hide his face due to his imposing appearance.
- Teikun Ō (王帝君) - president of Zheng Fa with a secret. Named "Di-Jun Huang" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Mikiko Hayami (速水ミキコ) - a reporter who regards Lotta Hart as her mentor. Her name is a pun on "hurry", which is fitting for her spontaneous personality. Named "Nicole Swift" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Manosuke Naitō (内藤 馬乃介) - one of the president's bodyguards. A man who likes to play chess and is rather liberal about playing with his gun. "Naitō" comes from the English word "knight", while the "Ma" in his given name means "horse", making his the full name a double reference to the knight piece from chess. Named "Horace Knightley" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Gai Tojiro (外城 涯) - another one of the president's bodyguards and the victim. Named "Ethan Rooke" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
The Imprisoned Turnabout:
- Marī Miwa (美和マリー) - the director of the prison and detention center. Her name comes from "mimawari", which means "patrol". Named "Patricia Roland" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Sōta Sarushiro (猿代草太) - a man whose actions are reminiscent of the Three Wise Monkeys. His name comes from "saru", which means "monkey". Named "Simon Keyes" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Shūji Orinaka (折中秀治) - a boxer convict with a pet polar bear cub called Mark. His name is a pun on "ori no naka, shuujin", which means "prisoner in a cage". Named "Jay Elbird" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Ryōken Hōinbō (鳳院坊 了賢) - a feared blind assassin who works alongside his large black dog Kuro, but is now imprisoned thanks to Miles Edgeworth. Named "Sirhan Dogen" in the unofficial English fan translation patch, while Kuro is changed to "Anubis".
The Inherited Turnabout:
- Issei Tenkai (天海一誠) - a famous pastry chef considered the number one in the world and starred in the TV show Dansweets, where he would sing and dance while making confectionery items. The prime suspect in the IS-7 Incident and Gregory Edgeworth's client. Named "Jeff Master" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Tsukasa Oyashiki (緒屋敷司) - Tenkai's servant, housekeeper, and co-star on Dansweets. Named "Katherine Hall" in the unofficial English fan translation patch, but often referred to as "Kate".
- Delicy Scone (デリシー・スコーン) - a pastry chef who is much older than she appears. Named "Delicia Scones" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Yutaka Kazami (風見 豊) - a pastry chef whose creations are delicious, but have terrible design. Named "Dane Gustavia" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Paul Holic (ポール ホリック) - the victim in the IS-7 Incident. He is actually a sculptor, and went by the pseudonym "Isaku Hyōdō" (氷堂 伊作) in the dessert-making competition. Named "Pierre Hoquet" (with the pseudonym "Isaac Dover") in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
The Forgotten Turnabout:
- Tōko Mutō (武藤 瞳子) - a nurse at the Itami Hospital. Named "Karin Jenson" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Otome Itami (伊丹 乙女) - the elderly director of the Itami Hospital who sometimes acts as a coroner for the police. Named "Bonnie Young" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Bansai Ichiyanagi (一柳 万才) - former Chief Prosecutor and Yumihiko Ichiyanagi's father. Named "Blaise Debeste" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Tsubasa Kagome (籠目 つばさ) - the victim and a defense attorney. Named "Jill Crane" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
The Grand Turnabout:
- Shimon Aizawa (相沢詩紋) - a bratty child actor. Named "John Marsh" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
- Ryūji Kamei (亀井 隆二) - the victim in the SS-5 Incident and former boyfriend of Tsubasa Kagome. Named "Jack Cameron" in the unofficial English fan translation patch.
After the release of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, an interview with producer Motohide Eshiro revealed that he had contacted core series producer Minae Matsukawa offering his services in developing a new Ace Attorney game, in response to the positive fan reaction to Ace Attorney Investigations. Development started on September 2009; the developers went to a "training camp" to talk about the game all day for this purpose.
Gyakuten Kenji 2 was revealed in the September 7, 2010 issue of Famitsu, showing Miles Edgeworth, Dick Gumshoe, and Kay Faraday, along with some gameplay pictures and a new gameplay feature with a chess-based theme. Shelly de Killer and a new character with thick red hair and beard were also seen. The article stated that the game would focus more on Edgeworth himself than on other characters and past events, revealing a more "human", conflicted side that has never been seen before. The official website launched around the same time.
At Tokyo Game Show 2010, three new characters were officially revealed and named. The character from the Famitsu article was revealed to be Teikun Ō, the president of Zheng Fa, and Hakari Mikagami and Mikiko Hayami were revealed as well. A trailer of the game was shown, featuring returning gameplay elements like Logic and Little Thief, as well as the new chess-based gameplay feature, now called "Logic Chess". In addition, a demo of the first case was available at the event. On November 2, the official website revealed the game's box art and a release date of February 3, 2011. The box art features Miles Edgeworth, Kay Faraday, Hakari Mikagami, and male character who had previously been seen only as a brief silhouette in the trailer.
Subsequent revelations before the release were primarily done through Famitsu issues, each followed shortly by a website update:
- November 18
- Featured case: Turnabout Target.
- Featured character: Manosuke Naitō (内藤 馬乃介), the president's bodyguard.
- More about Logic Chess was revealed. The Japanese CERO rating was revealed as B, like the other Ace Attorney titles.
- A Nintendo Dream issue also featured an article about Gyakuten Kenji 2 and Layton-kyōju VS Gyakuten Saiban, both mostly repeating the same information about Gyakuten Kenji 2.
- At the beginning of December, the demo from TGS became playable on the official website, and some details of the second case were revealed as well, including a prison location and Hakari Mikagami's role in evaluating Edgeworth as a prosecutor. Yumihiko Ichiyanagi, another previously silhouetted character, was revealed to be a prosecutor to whom Mikagami is attempting to give Edgeworth's case.
- December 16
- Featured case: The Imprisoned Turnabout.
- Featured characters: Previously unnamed major character Tateyuki Shigaraki, the more recently revealed Yumihiko Ichiyanagi, and some new characters.
- A second trailer was also released featuring all of the known major characters as well as the return of the metal detector and Missile. The official website, meanwhile, revealed more characters, including Tateyuki Shigaraki and two new characters.
- December 22 - The last silhouetted character from the first trailer, Marī Miwa, was introduced.
- January 13
- Featured case: Case 3, a "flashback" of the "IS-7 Incident" 18 years in the past, starring Gregory Edgeworth.
- Featured characters: Issei Tenkai and Tsukasa Oyashiki.
- Setting: A bakery called Dansweet, which was shown in a few of the backdrops shown very briefly in the second trailer. This was changed in the final game to Tenkai's mansion instead.
- January 20
- Featured case: The Imprisoned Turnabout.
- Featured characters: Regina Berry, Frank Sahwit, and Ema Skye.
- Updates to Little Thief, as well as video inspection, luminol, and fingerprint testing were shown.
- January 27
In March 2011, Capcom's Christian Svensson stated that there were no plans at the time to release Gyakuten Kenji 2 in regions outside of Japan. In an interview with Siliconera in December 2011, Svensson stated that the potential for a downloadable, digital release of Gyakuten Kenji 2 exists, but that he couldn't say that it definitely would happen, and that "conversations are ongoing internally about how to address the audience that's clamoring for more Ace Attorney goodness".
In a live "questions and answers" video in January 2012, Svensson again said that he had not given up on trying to get Gyakuten Kenji 2 released in the West, that conversations remained ongoing, and that he was "cautiously optimistic that some day, that content will exist in the West in some form." In March 2012, he once again said that an English release of the game was "an open discussion point", and that he hoped that "the fans are still patient with us".
In August 2012, a Capcom employee said that if Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD, an iOS remake of the first three Ace Attorney games, was a success, it would increase the chances of getting Gyakuten Kenji 2 localized.
In September 2012, when asked if high sales of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney HD Trilogy and the then upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Gyakuten Saiban 5 (later localized to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies) would help sway a decision about localizing Gyakuten Kenji 2, Christian Svensson said that the game "isn't being held hostage so please don’t read this that way but if they do well, they certainly can’t hurt". He also added that the sales forecasts for Gyakuten Saiban 5 were high compared to how well previous entries in the series had done commercially, which was necessary in order to get it released in the West.
In September 2013, a GBAtemp user named "Auryn" released the first English fan translation patch for the game. The initial patch translated the first two cases, with a second patch containing a fully translated third case late released in March 2014. In June of the same year, an update with the two other cases were released, with additional information stating that the developer would try to optimize the patch size on a later date. On June 14th, 2014, the full patch was released.
- Gyakuten Kenji 2: The standard edition, which contains just the game with no extra content.
- Gyakuten Kenji 2 - Collector's Package: which contains the game, an orchestral soundtrack CD composed by Noriyuki Iwadare, a promotional DVD, and a booklet with an original manga penned by Tatsuro Iwamoto.
- Gyakuten Kenji 2 - Extended Edition: which includes the game and a Miles Edgeworth figurine.
- Gyakuten Kenji 2 - Limited Edition: which includes all of the above.
Gyakuten Kenji 2 received a 8/8/8/8 score from Famitsu, for a total of 32/40.
Theme park attraction
Sega built a theme park attraction called Gyakuten Kenji in Joypolis (逆転検事 in ジョイポリス) in its Joypolis theme park, which is dedicated to the Gyakuten Kenji games. Each visitor is given around 20 minutes to investigate a crime scene and look for clues.
The file used to run Gyakuten Kenji 2 contains some anti-piracy measures that detect the legitimacy of the file and attempt to impede the gameplay if the file is deemed unauthorized. Unauthorized game files are typically ROMs ripped from the game cartridge. For this game in particular, dialogue text is converted into an unreadable font normally reserved for the Borginian fictional language, and organizer descriptions are replaced by Xs. The unofficial English fan patch overrides these measures.
- ↑ Valay. First Ace Attorney Investigations 2 scan. Nintendo Everything. Retrieved on 2010-09-08.
- ↑ March 18 Q&A with Snow and Sven
- ↑ Christian Svensson. Why Aren't You Localizing Ace Attorney Investigations 2? Capcom Unity. Retrieved on 2011-05-24.
- ↑ Ishaan. From Resident Evil To Asura’s Wrath, Capcom’s Plans For Next Year. Siliconera. 2011-12-09. Retrieved on 2011-12-18.
- ↑ Wooster. Liars and Ace Attorney Investigations 2. Court Records. Retrieved on 2012-04-18.
- ↑ Campbell, Colin. Capcom hit by layoffs, senior VP Christian Svensson out (update). Polygon. 2013-07-11. Retrieved on 2014-05-01.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Fletcher, JC. Ace Attorney Investigations 2 preview: My first game of Logic Chess. Joystiq. Retrieved on 2010-09-22.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 JapaneseGIRL. Gyakuten Kenji 2 news - Famitsu Nov. 18. Court Records. Retrieved on 2010-11-18.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 JapaneseGIRL. Gyakuten Kenji 2!!!! Court Records. Retrieved on 2010-09-19.
- ↑ Official Site - Episode 2 section. Retrieved on 2010-12-17.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 JapaneseGIRL. Gyakuten Kenji 2!!!! Court Records. Retrieved on 2010-09-17.
- ↑ Kawasaki Masaitirou. "最初は「逆転刑事」だった？ 「逆転検事」開発スタッフに聞いた開発秘話から今後の展望まで" ("Was it going to be "Gyakuten Keiji" (Turnabout Detective))? Development secrets and thoughts for the future from the Gyakuten Kenji development team"). 4Gamer. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
- ↑ Tuesday. "Hey...We may get another GK game!" Court Records. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
- ↑ JapaneseGIRL. Gyakuten Kenji 2!!!! Court Records. Retrieved on 2010-09-19.
- ↑ Nintendo Dream. Retrieved on 2010-11-21.
- ↑ Ace Attorney Investigation (2): Prosecutor's Path Cases 1-5 beta [RELEASE ], Written by Auryn, retrieved on 15/6/2014
- ↑ Sega Developing Ace Attorney Investigations Attraction AAI2 Fan Translation: Full Patch Released! (BETA). June 14, 2014. Court Records forums. Retrieved on November 11, 2014.
- ↑ Japan Gets Ace Attorney Investigations 2 In Four Flavours
- ↑ Anoop Gantayat. Sega Developing Ace Attorney Investigations Attraction. February 3, 2011. Andriasang. Retrieved on February 3, 2011.
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