Lawbreakers never rest, so neither can Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney. On June 9, the spikey-haired lawyer will be rolling up his sleeves once more and plunging his hands into the bizarre legal muck that's defined his beloved series for the past 15 years.
Mind, June 9 is the Japanese release date. A Western release is coming, but there's no word on when.
Capcom announced Ace Attorney 6's release date via a video stream on March 6. The stream featured a trailer that got people talking for another reason: Phoenix's long-time sidekick, Maya Fey, is back. And she's all grown up.
Maya Fey's been holed up in her home village of Kurain, where she's training to become a priestess (she's not there yet, but she's working at it). Kurain, as it so happens, is also part of a larger kingdom called, uh, Kurain. The realm contains spirit mediums a-plenty, and it's a prominent setting in Ace Attorney 6.
In fact, Ace Attorney 6 contains two storylines: Phoenix's adventures in Kurain, and Apollo's efforts to hold down the fort of law in Japan. In both instances, there are crazy murders to get to the bottom of -- and Maya seems to be involved in whatever trickery is going down in Kurain.
The trailer for Ace Attorney 6 lays out everything we know about the story so far. Fortunately, there's a subbed version available. Make sure your annotations are turned on.
The re-appearance of Maya Fey as an adult generated a lot of excitement amongst Phoenix Wright fans on social media, especially since Maya has seemingly changed very little personality-wise. She's still sarcastic, cracks jokes, and is glad to be in the company of "Nick." Brief as it is, the trailer gives off the impression that the two have remained steadfast friends even though they've been miles apart for quite some time.
The friendly warmth between Phoenix and Maya is similar (however unintentionally) to the fondness Phoenix Wright fans feel for the long-running series. We've been playing pretend-lawyer for a long time now, so it's no wonder seeing Maya again is like catching up with an old pal.
When the 2005 remake of the first Phoenix Wright came to the Nintendo DS in English-speaking territories (the series actually debuted on the Game Boy Advance in 2001 in Japan), Westerners had little experience with visual novels, and adventure games were still years away from the Renaissance they're enjoying today. We poked and sniffed at this wacky title and wondered "What gives?" But a game about rival lawyers was such an odd premise (it still is), so we simply had to try.
And then we got sucked in, thanks in no small part to some excellent localization work by Alex Smith. But rescuing poor schmucks from the hangman's gallows is kind of addictive by itself.
Phoenix Wright -- both the game series and the lawyer himself -- has gone through ups and downs. But what's the point of being named after the bird of legend if you can't come roaring back to life after a fumble? We're all lucky to keep company with a screaming, pointing lawyer for so many years.