Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Mar 292024

There’s a lot we could be talking about right now – Uchikoshi’s cryptic tweets, Corpse Party II localization, Cupid Parasite fandisc release date, Reynatis gameplay footage – but let’s talk about Miles Edgeworth instead.

Around a month ago, Capcom opened an Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy popularity poll. Fans were asked to vote for their favorite character from the Apollo Justice Trilogy, and the top 3 characters would be featured in new artwork.

Well, the results are in… and the #1 most popular character in the Apollo Justice Trilogy is Miles Edgeworth!

Phoenix Wright (Apollo Justice version) and Apollo Justice himself came in 2nd and 3rd place respectively, so art director Takuro Fuse released a beautiful new piece of artwork featuring the three of them together.

Also ranking in the top 10 were Trucy Wright, Klavier Gavin, Simon Blackquill, Phoenix Wright (Dual Destinies/Spirit of Justice version), Maya Fey, Athena Cykes, and Ema Skye. I’m satisfied with Blackquill ranking #6, if surprised that he lost to Klavier, and pleased to see Athena in the top 10.

But while Phoenix managed to rank in the top 10 twice, the most impressive thing here is that Edgeworth took the #1 spot. (Although who knows, maybe Phoenix would have won if he wasn’t counted as two separate characters.) I love Edgeworth, but he barely qualifies as an Apollo Justice Trilogy character. Of the 16 cases in the Apollo Justice Trilogy, I believe he only appears in 3.

This follows in the footsteps of last year’s poll about which character you’d want to defend you, which Edgeworth won despite being a prosecutor for the majority of his appearances.

It would seem Edgeworth is so popular that he can win any Ace Attorney popularity poll he technically qualifies for. If Capcom wasn’t planning to remaster Investigations, I’d bet they’re considering it now. Speaking of which, if you’ve been keeping track of Capcom acknowledging Investigations 2, Fuse’s message about the new artwork mentions that Edgeworth in his vest “has not been shown since the opening of Ace Attorney Investigations 2.”

Look, I still believe a new Ace Attorney game should and will come first, but a remaster of Investigations & Investigations 2 feels more likely than ever now… because if Edgeworth really is this popular, it’ll fly off the shelves.

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Mar 222024

You know how sometimes we talk about little things Capcom does and hope it might be a hint of upcoming Ace Attorney news?

This is not one of those posts.

Actually, this post is the exact opposite.

Everyone got stirred up yesterday over what turned out to be a mistake… and since people keep seeing the original stir and think something’s happening, I decided to write about it.

Ever since the release of the Apollo Justice Trilogy, the official Ace Attorney Twitter account has been holding a weekly “book club” where they discuss one of its cases. They’re up to The Cosmic Turnabout now, and so yesterday they tweeted their Cosmic Turnabout book club post.

Except they forgot to include the text of the tweet. They just tweeted a screenshot of the Earth with no explanation.

This being a particularly context-free screenshot, it was not easy to immediately recognize as being from The Cosmic Turnabout. It appeared to be the official Ace Attorney Twitter account tweeting something new. So like the time when they changed their social media icons, the replies were immediately flooded with people asking if it was a hint of something.

Some people took it as a hint of an Ace Attorney 7 announcement, some took it as a hint that Investigations 2 was going to be localized, and only a handful said, “Wait, isn’t that from Dual Destinies?”

Capcom deleted the original tweet and followed up with the correct one, which now has the book club text, and the incident was forgotten. Or not, since as I mentioned at the start, some people have just seen the chaos without the resolution.

So no, Capcom did not hint at Ace Attorney news yesterday. It was not a sign of Ace Attorney in space. It was not a sign of Ace Attorney 7 having a new setting. It was not a sign of Investigations 2 coming to the whole world. But if nothing else, I hope the reactions showed them how much demand there is for a new Ace Attorney game.

(Unless that was the plan all along? Tweet an out-of-context screenshot to test how much excitement there would be? Nah… now I’m the one overthinking it.)

If you haven’t noticed, I’m desperate for Ace Attorney news once again. I never did that Apollo Justice Trilogy replay once the unlockable art was revealed, though, so maybe I should… while I wait for actual news to come.

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Jan 262024

The Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy is now out, bringing the 4th, 5th, and 6th mainline games to modern platforms at last.

Sadly, my hope that the secret artwork unlocked for completing all three games would actually be an Ace Attorney 7 tease came to nothing… and I didn’t even have to play the games to find out, as Capcom just straight-up showed the art in a trailer.

They’re even selling the art prints, although the price is a bit steep for me.

Anyway, while that hope might have been dashed, we have a different reason to be optimistic for Ace Attorney’s future!

Not only are things looking better than ever, with high sales numbers and even a physical release of the Switch version in North America, but Capcom has officially confirmed that the series will continue.

In a recent interview with 4Gamer, translated here by Nintendo Everything, Apollo Justice Trilogy producer Kenichi Hashimoto wouldn’t give specifics, but said, “I can say that the Ace Attorney series will not be stopping, so in that sense I think you can look forward to what is coming.” That’s as good a sign as any – if they had no intention of making a new Ace Attorney game, they could have given a simple “nothing to announce at this time” response.

(You know, like how they did back in the day when I used to email Capcom asking about Ace Attorney Investigations 2.)

Some fans have still taken this to mean that we’ll just continue to get remasters and ports and nothing else, but it was just a few years ago that it seemed like we’d never get anything but the original trilogy, so Ace Attorney’s situation has already improved quite a bit.

I’m more optimistic than ever for the Ace Attorney series, and I believe we’ll get news sooner rather than later. Will it be in a Nintendo Direct, like when the Ghost Trick remaster was announced? Will it be at a Capcom showcase, like the Apollo Justice Trilogy? Or will Capcom simply drop the news randomly on Twitter one day, like they did with The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles? However they choose to reveal it, I think we’ll actually see a new Ace Attorney game announced soon… dare I hope it will be this year?

When do you think the next Ace Attorney game will be announced?

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