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Yesterday Capcom announced that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, the next instalment in the popular courtroom narrative adventure, will be coming this year. It will be released as a digital download for the Nintendo 3DS in Europe and North America in September priced at $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99, with no word as yet on a physical cartridge release.

Below is a trailer and some screenshots of the new title.

For those who have never played the series before, Phoenix Wright, the titular character, is a lawyer and player must use investigation, evidence, and cross-examination to prove the defendant not guilty. The game is described as a visual novel legal thriller adventure and consists of searching for evidence at crime scenes and interviewing witnesses before moving to the courtroom where players present their case.

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The new instalment will see the return of Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, Maya and Pearl Fey, Trucy Wright and more as well as a slew of new characters. Player will take control of Phoenix and Apollo with Phoenix following a case to new location, the Kingdom of Khura’in, and Apollo holding the fort at the agency. Along with the supernatural setting, a new gameplay mechanic will be introduced in the form of the Divination Seance, which allows the player to revisit the last moments of a victim’s life.

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The game is wildly successful in Japan, with this being the sixth instalment of the main series as well as having a number of spin-off titles, a cross over with Professor Layton, a Manga, a live-action film, soundtrack albums, an anime, a stage play and musical!

Have you ever played one of the series before? Are you looking forward to the new one? Let us know in the comments section below.

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