Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice comes west in September
Not twelve hours after the demo leaked the name, Capcom has formally announced Ace Attorney 6 will be localized as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice!
From the PR:
SAN FRANCISCO — May 11, 2016 — Today, Capcom, a leading worldwide
developer and publisher of video games, has confirmed that the
much-anticipated next installment in the Ace Attorney® courtroom drama
series will make its way to North America and Europe as Phoenix Wright®:
Ace Attorney® – Spirit of Justice. This narrative adventure stars
beloved defense attorneys Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice and sees the
return of many familiar faces alongside some interesting new additions.
The title will be released as a digital download in the Nintendo
eShop for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems in North America and
Europe in September this year at an MSRP of $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice sees Phoenix in a brand
new location: a courtroom situated in the Kingdom of Khura’in, origin
of the Kurain Channeling Technique, where mysterious séance trials
decide the fate of all defendants. Brand new to the series is the
Divination Séance gameplay mechanic that allows the player to revisit
the last moments of a victim’s life. Players must fight to unravel the
discrepancies and contradictions between the Royal Priestess’s Insight
and what is shown in the séance. Meanwhile, defense attorney Apollo
Justice faces his own challenges holding down the fort at the Wright
Anything Agency, as he takes on a case that will have explosive
implications. Both our heroes are joined by a host of returning friends
and adversaries in their fight to bring about justice.
The new game is filled with puzzling cases to solve using popular
investigative techniques from previous installments. More details on
gameplay features will be revealed in the coming months, so stay tuned!
We also get a few names in the trailer - Leifa’s official transliteration is Rayfa Padma Khura’in, and Bokuto is Ahlbi Ur’gaid!
GREAT COURTROOM DRAMAS 1954-1962: The Caine Mutiny (1954), The Wrong Man (1956), 12 Angry Men (1957), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Compulsion (1959), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), To Killa Mockingbird (1962) and The Trial (1962).
“I don’t like making movies that nobody’s going to see or care about, and I also don’t want to try to do just “important” movies, because every movie’s important. For instance, the thing I’m doing next is a courtroom drama of sorts. But it’s a lot more than that, and the only reason I’m doing this movie is because my wife is producing it. She’s passionate about it. It’s a fantastic script, and it is a bit of a departure for both of us. And now that we’re doing this courtroom drama (even though it really isn’t one), we’re getting all these courtroom drama scripts, like that’s what we want to do for the next 12 years. And I’m like, “Well strangely, no.””
Spirit of Justice at E3 2016 (livestream at 2 PM PT)
E3 is here, and Spirit of Justice is at it!
Capcom has announced their E3 schedule, including a booth for the game:
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice (Nintendo 3DS;
September 2016) – The latest title in the courtroom drama series sees
Phoenix Wright traveling to the Kingdom of Khura’in to meet an old
friend. While being shown around, tragedy strikes and Ahlbi, Phoenix’s
tour guide and young monk in training, is accused of murder! Soon
finding that Khura’in employs lawyer-less courtrooms, Phoenix jumps in
to do what he does best and defend Ahlbi. Using the new Séance Trial
mechanic, see the last moments of the victim’s life, and find the flaw
in Royal priestess Rayfa’s insights that will help Phoenix prove Albi’s
innocence! Packed with clever writing, humorous dialogue, and plenty of
puzzles, Spirit of Justice provides an all-new courtroom experience,
with the demo being presented in a recreation of a Khura’in courtroom
right at our booth!
In one sense, Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy (8/7c, ABC) will feel less like a regular episode of the series that we all know and love, and more like a standalone movie, says Kevin McKidd, who not only plays Owen but directed the hour. “Since most of it takes place in the courthouse, it’s kind of like a really wonderful courtroom drama, like Kramer vs. Kramer.”
In another sense, “Mama Tried” will probably feel a whole lot like classic Grey’s, since the stakes are as high as they’ve ever been in the OR. As McKidd notes, in fighting for custody of daughter Sofia, “Callie and Arizona are fighting for their lives, in a sense.” Here, he previews for TVLine “the very emotional and heart-wrenching” installment that will decide the fates of Sofia and her mothers… and possibly Penny, too.
TVLINE | What was the mood on the set like while working on this episode? Intense. It was intense to shoot, and I think it’s going to be really intense to watch. I think people are going to really respond to it. It’s very emotional, very powerful. I mean, to fight over the custody of a child, for a parent, is probably one of the most [difficult] things they could have to do. Plus, the audience loves Callie. The audience loves Arizona. We want them both to be okay.
TVLINE | And obviously, they can’t both come out of this okay. Even their friends can’t, right? Yeah, that’s the hard thing for all [the rest] of our characters. We’re all asked to give testimony for the person we believe should have custody. It’s really tough when you have to pick a side like that, and that’s part of the reason why it’s such an intense episode. Everybody gets cross-examined, and some people do better under that pressure than others. It really puts Callie and Penny’s relationship to the test when Penny testifies, and affects their relationship going forward in a big way. The testimony that Penny gives… she does her best for Callie, but it doesn’t go as planned, and that causes problems.
TVLINE | Is there ever a moment when Callie and Arizona are like, “What are we doing? Let’s work this out”? They do try to connect at a certain point, but the lawyers get in there and do their lawyering thing and cause damage, so [the ex-wives’] interaction is very charged. There are a lot of hurt feelings. They try to stay civil, but it’s hard when things get thrown at you by a lawyer. Arizona especially, I think, really feels hard done in the courtroom.
TVLINE | Is there any sign, any hint at all, of the love that they used to feel for each other? There is. They both in a way come to a point where they can acknowledge the relationship that existed. In spite of the hurt feelings, they try to reach a higher ground and respect the [past]. But it’s hard when there are hurt feelings in the heat of the moment to really follow through on that.
TVLINE | And when the heat of the moment has cooled? After this episode, the aftermath plays out in a really interesting way in the lead-up to the finale. It gets pretty hairy in this episode. There is animosity. It’s not all fluffy and pretty and nice. There are really intense, complicated emotions flying around. But there’s a really beautiful payoff in the finale connected to this.
No one is listening.
Too many suited-up mouths
in one room, fighting
over which one gets to
split open my throat,
transplant my voice,
force my tongue to spit
a truth I never lived,
using my breath to give
life to the contents
of their briefcases:
sitting on mahogany
rectangle black holes,
just long enough
to complete the operation.
Right now, that gavel
looks a little too much
like a scalpel.
It’s Ludum Dare time again, and I have another excellent game for you beautiful people! This one is a courtroom drama set in the prehistoric era, where you help a guilty Tyrone Rex in improvising a defense and staying out of Dino Prison!
The game is fully voiced by myself and ProZD and features a totally original soundtrack! Please enjoy!
20 films I’d like to see play at Cannes 2015 - Part 4
Suffragette - Sarah Gavron, UK
Barely any explanation is needed for this one. With an all star cast that includes Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter and Meryl Streep, Sufragette is being positioned as an Oscar player which would make it a perfect Cannes pick.
Sweet Red Bean Paste - Naomi Kawase, Japan
At this point Kawase is a Cannes constant. While her films have struggled to find U.S. distribution they have picked up a variety of awards at Cannes including the prestigious Camera d’Or.
A Tale of Love and Darkness - Natalie Portman, Israel
After two high-profile unsuccessful attempts at working with women director’s Portman put herself in the directing chair herself in this adaptation of Amos Oz’s highly acclaimed autobiographical novel.
The Whole Truth - Courtney Hunt, USA
Hunt earned an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of her debut feature Frozen River. Now seven years later, she’s back directing her second film, a courtroom drama starring Keanu Reeves, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as two lawyers trying to defend a young teenager who may or may not have murdered his father.
Token Slot - For Any Male Director, From Any Country
This list is in part a response to similar lists made by widely read publications like The Guardian and Indiewire by industry professionals who are only able to cough up one token slot for a film directed by a woman. It often seems like no effort at all was even put in to selecting this woman’s film, just that they realized that they should probably have at least one and included the first one they could think of.
In honour of the token woman slot I include the token man slot. Feel free to imagine the male filmmaker of your choice here.