Way back in January during a press event that saw the announcement of Ace Attorney 5, Capcom also announced that the first three Phoenix Wright games were getting remastered and bundled together into a single game for iOS. They said the game should be coming “shortly” but apparently weren’t referring to us out here in the West. The following month the game went live in the Japanese App Store and we haven’t really heard anything more since.

Today Capcom broke the silence on their blog, announcing that we would have to wait just a wee bit longer but that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD is slated for release sometime this fall. It will include the first three games in their entirety – Ace Attorney, Justice For All, and Trials and Tribulations – with new tap and swipe controls optimized for the touch screen as well as completely remastered artwork.

I’m glad Capcom has been putting all this extra development time to good use, look at how big the difference in artwork is between the original DS release and this new iOS one.

There are some other new tricks of the sleeve of Ace Attorney Trilogy HD too, like a new “Everyone Object” feature that lets you tweet or email Phoenix’s hilarious courtroom quips along with a little animation from the game. Also, when you play the game in portrait mode it offers a similar two-screen experience to that of the original DS game, but you can switch to landscape and it will intelligently fill up the screen with the beautiful new artwork to suit that orientation.

We know that Ace Attorney Trilogy HD will launch as a free Universal app and will contain the first two episodes. All the additional episodes can be purchased from within the app one at a time or as a bundle at a reduced price. There’s no word yet on what the pricing for these may be, but based on the Japanese version it looks like each episode might be around the $3 dollar mark with $15 unlocking them all.

Also, Capcom had previously hinted that this new game would simply be an update to the fairly barebones 2010 iOS port of the first Phoenix Wright [$4.99] game, which appears to be how they handled the release in Japan, but there's no confirmation if that's how it will go down with the US release.

Capcom says more news will be released for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD in the coming weeks including details on a firm release date and pricing, but until then you can hang around in our forums or check out this gallery of screenshots from the iOS version on Capcom’s blog.

[Via Polygon]

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.charalambous.714 Andy Charalambous

    I was just wondering about this game the other day.. it's good to know that Capcom is still bringing this over here. I've only played the first Phoenix Wright game, on DS and iOS, and I would buy this in a heartbeat if it comes to the UK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.charalambous.714 Andy Charalambous

    I was just wondering about this game the other day.. it's good to know that Capcom is still bringing this over here. I've only played the first Phoenix Wright game, on DS and iOS, and I would buy this in a heartbeat if it comes to the UK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1134582760 Nicole Hunter

    OH MY GOSH YESSSS!  I have been waiting forever.

  • pheh

     Awww yeah.  I want this ASAP.

  • Michael Matzat

    It´s a good time for iOS right now. It´s a bit sad that most of these games are just remakes and ports of old games, but with TWEWY, Baldurs Gate, Bastion and this there is a great amount of "console game experiences" coming.
    I don´t mind the casual or short indy games, they bring great ideas to the table, but long games developed by big teams are something that is still a minority among the games that get noticed on iOS. I hope all of these games, even at their sometimes understandable high price, sell great so we get more ports and maybe even a full bunch of original ios console game experiences.

  • JCman7

    Instabuy! Cant wait for this

  • Benjamin Palmer

    Looking forward to this. A lot of the DS games I've always been interested in trying, but not enough to actually buy a DS for. This is a perfect solution for me!

  • Onikage725

    Outstanding! I adore the first game, but haven't played the others. My ex's friend erased my file in the second one halfway through, and it broke my spirit lol. I'd say these games are worth five bucks each. It would likely cost you more to scrounge them together for ds.

  • ducksFANjason

    Insta-buy! Bring the rest here too Capcom!

  • Jawzpro

    Take my money

  • NickyNichols

    Capcom, shut up and take my money!

  • Nycteris

    Thank you Capcom!!

  • Urthop

    Ok before I get all excited, is the HD referencing the smoothed out sprites or does it mean 'iPad only' like a lot of devs are inclined to do with their titles?

  • zergslayer69

    Forgive me if I'm doing the math wrong but if each ep is 3 bucks why not buy all 3 separately for 9 bucks instead of the bundle for 15?

    • ChocoVanilla

      Each episode is an estimated $3. Each game includes 4-5 episodes. You can do the math.

      • Drewskii

        Yeah the cases are the "episodes." Anyways I hope that they update the first one to unlock all three (if first one is purchased already).

  • Tuff Tiger

    im still waitin for street fighter x tekken

  • tunaW

    Would it make sense to buy the 2010 version that's available now for iOS and maybe get all the episodes free if the new version is indeed just an update?

  • Benjamin Rodriguez

    Hell yes!..

    A possible update for the original buyers? That wouldn't mean both of the games would just be tacked on for free would it? Like a possible IAP or something?

  • Kannon778

    At a dilemma if the game supports retina for iPad 3 or not... If it doesn't I am not sure whether to play on the iPhone or iPad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=744943192 Connor John Brandston

    wonder if there plans for uk release date

  • alex13111

    Early 2013