Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies was released in Japan just over a month ago, with the Western release still set to land this fall. While the game was originally confirmed as a download-only title, we previously reported that Capcom was still open to the idea of a physical release. Christian Svensson, the Senior Vice President of Capcom USA during the time, reached out to fans, stating that if the demand was strong enough, there was still a chance that North America would receive boxed copies. Since then, he’s now left the company, ruling out any possibility of the game releasing outside of the eShop.
The producer of the series, Motohide Eshiro recently answered some questions regarding the upcoming title on the Capcom Unity forums. He confirmed that the West will not be receiving a retail release, with the reasoning behind the decision remaining the same, as taking the download-only route means localisation will be a much quicker process, and fans will be able to play the game as soon as possible. He also confirmed that the overseas release will receive all additional costume DLC.
In response to fan feedback we looked into a western physical release of Dual Destinies but from the beginning of the project, one of our goals has been to bring the game to the western market much more quickly than we have been able to in the past. As text adventures, the Ace Attorney games require a lot of time for localization, so we really moved the proverbial mountains and had a lot of people work very hard to get the text localized as quickly as possible—while of course maintaining the high quality level fans are accustomed to.
Are you disappointed with the lack of a physical release, or are you satisfied knowing that the game will definitely release overseas?