I feel like we've been waiting so long for the Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy HD that asking where it is in comments on Wednesdays has practically ascended to meme status. Regardless, this morning our pals at Joystiq spotted a surprisingly candid post on the Capcom forums where Christian Svensson, Corporate Officer and Senior Vice-President of Capcom USA, simply says:

For reasons unknown to me, the release has slid another several months to July. Sorry guys. 🙁

Originally slated for release last year, fans of the DS trilogy of Phoenix Wright games have just a little more waiting to do, assuming there aren't any further delays. Something to consider though, a release window of July could mean the game just might be playable at E3, which certainly would be a promising sign that it's actually coming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000474676350 Jaime Coston

    I object!
    Just kidding! This is at least good news because we now know we have a tentative date instead of a lingering hope and prayer of the popping up at sometime. iPhone one am glad that this news has been announced. Now the [hopefully final] wait begins...

    • jpxdude

      Last December '12, Christian pegged the release for April, which is why he probably felt the need to let us know about the slippage now that April is nearly over. Very disappointed, and no longer confident that it will release on schedule anymore, especially since there will probably be no further improvements to the Japanese IOS release. (Graphical dithering problems, loss of animation with some characters, such as blinking).

  • NeverDeadZombie


  • toxiccheese

    Of these are the exact same games, then I'm disappointed. I've already played them. Maybe something new would be better for fans who already played them.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Hasn't it been very clear basically forever that these are ports of the DS game?

      • Andy C83

        Yep, it has. Which is the precise reason why most of us are extremely excited that this trilogy is iOS bound. Pretty sure that Toxic's opinion is the minority. 🙂

      • toxiccheese

        So wanting something new for fans that already played the originals is a minority opinion? Ask anyone who has played the originals if they want the exact same thing. I can't imagine that they would. Now what's wrong with that?

      • Parkingtigers

        I played the originals (well the first two) and I want the exact same thing. In HD graphics. On my iPad Mini with the screen that is a gazillion times bigger and nicer than the DS screen.

        Yes, new games would be nice to have too, but selling a ton of the originals and building a whole new audience is the best way to show Capcom there is a demand and a market for more of them. I sure as hell want any sequels to come out on iOS and not on a 3DS because I don't own a 3DS.

      • toxiccheese

        Selling the originals yet again is ok especially on iOS, but I am not paying for it again just because it runs on my iPad. I'd rather spend my money on something new. I do hope they add more cases though. This is certainly good news for those who never played them, but I'll just wait and see. One thing we all agree on... Fantastic games!!!

      • ocv28

        I've played all the originals to completion at least five times each, and I want these HD re-releases and am willing to give Capcom lots of moneys to get them. They're that good.

      • toxiccheese

        I was just expressing my disappointment at yet another port of something I already played. This kind of game doesn't exactly have immense replay value. The cases are solved the same way every time. The story is the same. It's certainly good news for those who might have missed out, but for me, there is no surprise or excitement left in this. Eli, you said it yourself... "Phoenix Wright has little if any replay value".

        I was hoping that in all this time they might add new cases or something. But that's ok, I'm patient. Hopefully it does well enough that they end up adding DLC cases.

      • swarmster

        They _have_ been making new cases 'in all this time'. Ace Attorney 5 is out in July (in Japan) on 3DS.

        That may even be why this was delayed, to give the series a few more news cycles in July and attract new players.

    • Andy C83

      Don't get me wrong, new games are always very much welcome. But there are many people on iOS (myself included) that haven't played all 3 games that would love to have this trilogy on their device. As well as, I dare say, some that have.

      • toxiccheese

        Totally agree with you. But I'm still personally disappointed. Would love something new. Even one new case might compel me to buy it. There's always hope for DLC though!

  • MrSHakerEsq

    The Jury's out on this.

  • bestkevin

    No objections. Lol

  • NickyNichols

    I will believe it when I see it. Trying not to get my hopes up.

  • famousringo

    I'm just glad to see that it's still coming at all.

  • mike

    I don't know why you deleted my message I was just point something out.

  • mike


  • arn