Operation Backlog Completion 2017
Apr 192017
 

On Monday we discussed the renaming of Lady Layton to Layton’s Mystery Journey: The Millionaires’ Conspiracy (a slightly less complicated title than what I thought at first), and now we have the 3DS release window.

While the mobile versions will be out in the West on July 20 alongside the Japanese release date, the 3DS version of Layton’s Mystery Journey will be out in the fall.

When in the fall? “Early autumn 2017” is all the website says, and since the game should be entirely translated by July 20, I’d be surprised if the 3DS version took too long.

The official English website is up now, as well, with pictures of the main characters. It includes links to the sites for previous Layton games, including a link to Mystery Room, so maybe they haven’t forgotten it entirely after all.

(Still hoping Alfendi appears in this new game.)

Hopefully we’ll get a concrete release date soon. If it’s only a few months away from the mobile release, I’ll probably wait for the 3DS version… especially if a physical copy is available.

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Apr 172017
 

For a while now, we’ve known the upcoming Professor Layton game as Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy.

It now has a new title, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy.

(Note: I originally made the title seem even longer, since I thought “Ariadone’s” was still included.)

That’s quite a name. Why the change? My guess would be that since every other game in the series has had just “Layton” in the title, they thought “Lady Layton” made it sound like a spin-off, but they still wanted to reference the new protagonist.

The lengthy title might also suggest the start of a new trilogy, since “Layton’s Mystery Journey” followed by a subtitle sounds like we can anticipate more games about this mysterious journey.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy will be out for the 3DS in Japan on July 20, as well as worldwide on iOS and Android.

The worldwide 3DS release will come sometime later.

In other words, everyone outside of Japan can either get the mobile version on July 20 or wait until the 3DS localization is ready.

Oddly, the mobile version includes in-app purchases that won’t be necessary to buy to complete the game. I can’t imagine what sort of optional in-app purchases a Layton game could have (extra hint coins?), but maybe they’re included in the 3DS version from the start.

What do you think of Lady Layton’s new title? Will you get Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy on July 20, or wait for the worldwide 3DS release?

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Mar 202017
 

The Professor Layton games always involve some comedy and humorous situations, but it sounds like the upcoming Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy might take it a step further.

A little over a week ago, Famitsu featured an interview with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino about the upcoming game. While he didn’t reveal a lot, we now know a bit more about Lady Layton from Nintendo Everything’s translation of the information.

(I’m late with the news–I missed the translation when it came out.)

As we discussed in the past, Lady Layton will feature smaller mysteries for the protagonist to solve. The interview described it as a “high-speed comical puzzle solving story.”

He then described the relationship between Kato and Sharo (the talking dog) as similar to “boke and tsukkomi,” which refers to a comedy duo that plays off each other.

(It’s similar to the funny man/straight man comedy used by duos like Abbott and Costello. World of Final Fantasy is an example of a recent game that used boke and tsukkomi character types. Didn’t this come up with Spirit of Justice, too?)

Kat will be the funny character, while Sharo is the more serious character who will explain what she said. This will lead to the story feeling like a comedy.

Curiously, there are a few details Hino refused to give, including its place in the timeline and Luke’s relationship with Kat and Sharo.

We still don’t know a lot about Lady Layton, but I’m looking forward to it! Although I still wish they’d clarify how Kat has a talking dog…

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