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The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (大逆転裁判1＆2 -成歩堂龍ノ介の冒險と覺悟-; lit. "The Great Ace Attorney 1＆2 -The Adventure and Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo-") is a duology collection of The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve, announced April 21st, 2021 for the Nintendo Switch, Steam, and PlayStation 4. It is planned to be available for purchase standalone or as a package called the Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection alongside the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy.
Setting[edit | edit source]
Unlike the other games in the series, which are set close to the present day and feature somewhat futuristic technology, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is set near the end of Japan's Meiji period, when the profession of "defense attorney" was still a fairly new concept in Japanese society. Both games star Phoenix Wright's ancestor, Ryunosuke Naruhodo, as well as a female judicial assistant named Susato Mikotoba. Although the games initially take place in Japan, the two later travel to the United Kingdom and work cases alongside the renowned detective Herlock Sholmes.
In developing the plot, Shu Takumi wanted to introduce the classic mystery stories that he loves to the player. Additionally, previous games in the series placed emphasis on the true culprits' breakdowns at the climax of each episode, but this is less emphasized in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles.
Localization[edit | edit source]
The localization uses a variant of Victorian British English, making it the second time an Ace Attorney product localized in English uses non-American spellings, the other being Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. To help achieve this, Janet Hsu collected dictionaries from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the Oxford English Dictionary and "a different Oxford dictionary from 1912." She noted that the games used a "faux" style of Meiji-era Japanese, and sought to bring a "faux" Victorian flavor to the English localization. Some difficulty arose from doing this, as many phrases used in the present day are either American in origin or only came into use in the last 100 years. Moreover, the original dialogue contained much information about the Victorian era, which even the British translators had trouble getting straight. Thus, the localization team had to strike a balance between authenticity and accessibility, as they did not want players to require outside research to understand the games. Another style choice made was for the Japanese characters in Britain to speak English in public while speaking Japanese to each other in private, signified with the use of Japanese honorifics like -san instead of English words like Mr. and Miss.
The localization has changed some names while leaving other ones intact. Sherlock Holmes and Iris Watson have had their names changed. Many characters' names, both Japanese and British, have had their names changed from Japanese puns to English ones, but the main cast outside of the aforementioned are also intact.
Main cast[edit | edit source]
- Ryunosuke Naruhodo (成歩堂 龍ノ介)
- Susato Mikotoba (御琴羽 寿沙都)
- Kazuma Asogi (亜双義 一真)
- Herlock Sholmes (シャーロック・ホームズ)
- Iris Wilson (アイリス・ワトソン)
- Barok van Zieks (バロック・バンジークス)
- Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese)
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Chronicles comes with additional content and gameplay features that were not present in the original games.
Special contents[edit | edit source]
Much like Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Chronicles includes an in-game OST ("Gallery") and concept art with commentary by Nuri ("Auditorium"). The OST is significantly larger than the original Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken Gekiban Ongaku Daizenshū for Adventures and Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo Gekiban Ongaku Daizenshū for Resolve, as it includes unused tracks, many of which share titles with the tracks that were actually used. Newly commissioned art and specially voiced lines are also included. Some of these are only available to people who purchase Chronicles early. Also contained in Chronicles are "The Great Special Trial" and "Special Trial 2017", two videos that were previously only officially distributed at events, as well as a collection of 13 videos called "Ryunosuke Naruhodo's Seven Days of Sin", where people voted on Naruhodo's guilt or innocence online and the results would be posted the following day.
Special features[edit | edit source]
Chronicles introduces Autoplay Mode and Story Mode. Autoplay Mode automatically advances the text without the player having to press a button, while Story Mode skips the puzzle-solving and decision-making mechanics for players who just want to go through the story. Dual audio is available between Japanese and English audio. There is also an option to switch the graphics between Japanese and English, with English subtitles being available when hovering a cursor over Japanese text.
Release[edit | edit source]
Chronicles will see a physical Switch release in the U.S., while both Chronicles and the Turnabout Collection will see physical releases for both Switch and PlayStation in Japan. All other regions and versions will be digital-only.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Brian (2021-04-22). Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection will be sold physically in Japan. Nintendo Everything. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
- New Gyakuten Saiban game revealed in Famitsu. April 22, 2014. Court Records Forums. Retrieved on April 22, 2014.
- Ash. Re: DGS in September 2015 Dengeki Nintendo. Court Records Forums. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
- Epps, De'Angelo (2021-06-05). Capcom's quest to translate The Great Ace Attorney for Western audiences. Polygon. Retrieved on 2021-06-13.