During the Tokyo Game Show, publisher Capcom was present en masse, promoting their products heavily. Among the promotional materials were flyers in English promoting Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, the first time Capcom has recognized the English title. In addition to that was the statement that English character names were TBD, stopping just short of officially announcing the game for a North American release.
Among the teasing text was the official trailer for the game, and I swear that if they pull a Mega Man Legends 3 on this game there will be heads rolling…
Anyway, the trailer is after the jump.
Level 5 is the premiere Japanese developer at this point with the success of Professor Layton and the creation of their new US branch that will not only localize games, but also develop them. Level-5 holds an event called Level-5 Vision every year, and this year Level-5 is claiming that they will be showing off twenty new games. The CEO has said that, while mobile titles are included in that list, we should expect something on the level of their recent collaboration with Studio Ghibli at this event.
At Level 5′s press conference earlier today, The companys CEO Akihiro Hino announced with Ace Attorney creator, Shu Takumi that their Professor Layton series will cross over with Shu’s Phoenix wright series for a brand new project for the 3DS. According to Andriasang:
“The game’s story has Professor Hershel Layton and Phoenix Wright (Ryuichi Naruhodo in the Japanese version) finding themselves in a different world. They come to the medieval city of Labyrinth City, where reality and illusions are intertwined. This strange town is also home to witches, who hide in the shadows, and is a place where magic is real. It has also been home to a number of impossible occurrences of late.
The city is controlled by a villain named Story Teller. The story he writes with his pen becomes reality as the future of the world.”
Other details of the game are scarse and the release date has yet to be announced. See images after the jump.
Hey, we are trying something new. For release dates, we’re going to try to wrap up them up at the end of the week. Obviously bigger ones like Zelda release dates will probably get their own posts, but its difficult to make a post for each and every release date announced, moved, delay, etc.
So after the jump, you will find a handful of release dates and windows that have been announced over the last week. Hopefully we can keep this going for the next few weeks and see how it rolls over.
Level-5 has been publishing their games in Japan for a few years. Outside of Japan, they have relied on a variety of different companies for localization efforts. No More! Says Level-5. At least for the Professor Layton series.
Level-5 intends on self-publishing the Professor Layton series in North America. The company is currently creating a U.S. Branch in Santa Monica that will consist of about 10 people that will consist of members from Japanese company and locally hired employees. Europe won’t be left out though, as it seems they are in talks of a Europrean branch starting in 2011.
Breaking the deal would open up a handful of doors to the company. One, hopefully the publishing of the Professor Layton games will speed up here in the west so we can actually catch up. And two, Level-5 owns the Professor Layton franchise, so they could potentially move the franchise to other platforms. Professor Layton on the iPhone wouldn’t sound too farfetched. And of course, more money for them cutting out a large chunk of Nintendo’s share of the profit.
I’m sure Nintendo isn’t very happy about it, but I think Professor Layton fans benefit.
Professor Layton overall has been a successful title in all regions. However the localization of the sequels has been a bit on the slow side , North Americans and Europeans are just getting their hands on the second entry in the series. Japan however is on the fourth entry, Professor Layton and the Flute of Malevolent Destiny, which is launching later this year in Japan.
During level 5′s recent keynote they announced a bonus game that is being put into the fourth entry, London Life. London Life is a RPG where you wander around London attempting to make people happy by finishing their quests. Despite being a bonus game, Level 5 said that it contains 100 hours worth of content. To top it all off the developer of the London Life is Brownie Brown, the team behind Mother 3. There is no telling when or if the fourth game will ever get localized. But if the DS lives a long enough life and the series continues to sell well, it’s bound to make it over here at some point. Screen shots after the jump.