The Phoenix Wright trilogy has been available on multiple platforms for years now (since 2012-2013 on iOS), so it’s about darned time that Apollo Justice gets his own trilogy launch. First announced at this year’s Not-E3, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy includes Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (first released for Nintendo DS in 2007), Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (first released for Nintendo 3DS in 2013), and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice (first released for Nintendo 3DS in 2016). And we now know that it will be released in early 2024.
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney takes place seven years after the previous game. Phoenix Wright has been stripped of his attorney badge, and Apollo Justice must step up as his apprentice. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is set one year later; the court system has entered a dark era of false charges and fake evidence caused by the same event that led to Phoenix losing his badge. The player controls three defense attorneys. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice mostly follows Phoenix once again, this time as he visits a fictitious country. Nothing is simple, though, he he becomes embroiled in conflict with its court system; I can’t say I blame him, considering defense attorneys are seen as unnecessary and verdicts are decided based on a mystical vision.
The trilogy doesn’t include just the games, it also includes some special extras. In the Animation Studio, piece together actions, gestures, and voice lines from fan-favourite characters then pair them with in-game background and music tracks. Press play, sit back, and enjoy the unforgettable antics. In the Orchestra Hall, players can relive key courtroom moments with 175 music tracks, including songs from previous Ace Attorney Orchestra Concerts and background music from each title in the collection. Animated chibi characters play along to the music. In the art gallery, investigate behind the scenes with over 400 piece of art, illustrations, background art, and more.
The games have all been upped to an HD resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the animations have been smoothed out. The UI is new, fitting modern screen sizes. There are enhanced menu and system features to help players fully immerse themselves in the games.
Developed and published by Capcom, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on January 25.