Capcom's Ace Attorney series has seen many twists and turns since its debut on Game Boy Advance in 2001. Initially only available in Japan, the series was brought to the world via Nintendo DS remakes. For the most part, those remakes were pretty close to the original games, but the remake of the first game included a new case designed to set up the then-upcoming fourth Ace Attorney game. Much to everyone's surprise, however, when Ace Attorney 4 was announced, it didn't star the previous protagonist of the series. Instead, the baton was passed to Apollo Justice, albeit with an awfully familiar mentor.

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Though the game was a success, many fans weren't so happy with the results. After Apollo Justice, the main series took a brief break, leading into the spin-off Ace Attorney Investigations series. When the next main installment arrived, Phoenix Wright was back in the spotlight, with Apollo getting shunted to sidekick status. Important sidekick, but sidekick nonetheless. The game received a lot of praise for the apparent return to its roots, and it seemed Apollo Justice's fate as the series dark horse was sealed. That's why I wasn't terribly surprised when Capcom opted to jump straight from Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD [Free] to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies [Free] on iOS. If people didn't like Apollo Justice, why bother, right?

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Here's the thing, though: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is both important to the overall story of the series and still a pretty awesome game in its own right. That's why I'm delighted to hear that Capcom plans to bring the fourth Ace Attorney game to iOS and Android this winter. It seems like they announced it accidentally, as the post announcing it on Capcom's blog has vanished, but the pre-registration page for the game is still up. Now, "winter" is a pretty vague date, so we might see this before the end of the year, but it's more likely that it'll be early next year. Either way, though, it's more Ace Attorney goodness, and if nothing else gives hope that we'll be seeing further titles in the series make their way to mobile in the future.

Edit: Capcom has officially, er, re-announced the game and has put up an official site with some screenshots.

  • Milotorou

    Now this is awesome !

    Still got both my DS copy and iNDS to play but i'd rather have something like the trilogy HD remake !

    The 3ds games are fine on the 3ds itself but AJ on my 3dsxl looks very blurry.

  • Matthew

    I didn't know the trilogy was free on iOS? I kind of feel like a sucker for paying $30 to get it on 3DS now...

    • Milotorou

      Its not free, you get the first episode of the first game, the rest is a one time unlock of 15$.

  • Sick of Labour

    Are Capcom going to fix Dual Destinies? It didn't last much longer than Bioshock before iOS updates broke it. I don't think I'll bother with this game based on Capcom's track record of games breaking and being abandoned.

    • Shaun James Musgrave

      Is it broken for you? In spite of Capcom's overly-cautious warning, it's never stopped working for me. Still works now, in fact.

      • Sick of Labour

        Yeah it's been broken since iOS 10 on my 6 Plus. The title screen works but loading a save or starting a case again causes it to crash out to the home screen.

        Maybe I should try reinstalling as my save is on iCloud...

      • Muhammad Ginandjar

        Rip. ios not much better,i have android phone so much better than ios... and then ios so much have rather locked mod game.. hmm

    • zergslayer69

      Just fired mine up, iPad Pro 9.7 on 9.3.3 and it works.

  • kfelicity85

    Yes!!! Instabuy! Now for Miles Edgeworth...

  • Electrolite82

    Yessss!!!:-)

  • Alexythimia23

    Aw

  • Alexythimia23

    Awesome news, well defo be a first day purchase, really hoping for the edgeworth one though!

  • http://backloggery.com/TJF588 TJF588

    FINALLY

    • http://backloggery.com/TJF588 TJF588

      ...although, I was hoping I'd be bundled with both Investigations games, as a sort of "not-Phoenix Trilogy".

      • Nsk97

        I was hoping for the same but this is still excellent news!

  • Ascension.inc

    if this is coming to android i wonder why dual could'nt