The next entry in Capcom’s popular Phoenix Wright series has been revealed in the latest edition of Japan’s Famitsu magazine. Phoenix himself is back as the main character, and the game’s story takes place one year after the events of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. The game has no official English title at this point, but is simply known as Gyakuten Saiben 5 (Ace Attorney 5) in Japan. The game will be an exclusive title for Nintendo’s 3DS handheld, though no release date has been given at this point. Gyakuten Saiban 5 will feature a new partner for Phoenix; a mysterious girl who is dressed in yellow, and wears a black glove on her right hand. She also has a moon-shaped earring on her right ear.
The game will bring new features to the series, including 3D character models, and what appears to be the ability to display different facial expressions while interrogating witnesses. The magazine also mentioned that the new girl’s glove and earring will be able to turn the tides of battle during court cases. Attendees at this year’s Tokyo Game Show will have the chance to get their hands on a playable demo of the game, which lasts for about 15 minutes. The demo will feature part of the game’s first case, where Phoenix Wright’s client is a high school girl, who may lapse into fits of hysteria at any time. The case’s prosecutor turns out to be the brother of one of the series’ minor characters, Winston Payne.
On a related note, Capcom also confirmed that Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is still on track for a 2012 release, and that the game’s development is wrapping up.
Update: Some good news, Capcom have announced that the game will be receiving an English localisation for both Europe and the US.