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The Great Ace Attorney announcement trailer.

From Gematsu:

The Great Ace Attorney

Capcom has released the debut trailer for Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Ryuunosuke Naruhodou no Bouken (which we’ll refer to as The Great Ace Attorney for now), its newly announced Ace Attorney for 3DS.

The game is set in the 19th century Japan, otherwise known as the Meiji era, in what was the dawn of law. Serving as the new protagonist is Ryuunosuke Naruhodou (or Ryuunosuke Wright), an ancestor of Ryuuichi Naruhodou (Phoenix Wright). He is accompanied by Susato Mikotoba, who serves as his assistant.

Series creator Shu Takumi is directing the title, while Shintaro Kojima is producing.

Watch the trailer below. While it predominantly covers previously known information, it closes with a line mentioning that the protagonist will have a fateful meeting with “the founder,” although just who the founder is or what he founded remains unknown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxK20bOl-ag

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Shin Hayarigami’s Heroine, Story Unveiled.

From Anime News Network:

The 565th of ASCII Media Work’s Dengeki PlayStation magazine introduced the heroine and story for Nippon Ichi Software’s Shin Hayarigami PlayStation 3 and PS Vita game on Thursday.

The game will start in the “Blind Man Arc,” which follows the protagonists as they try to capture the serial killer “Blind Man,” who murders his victims to feed his rage. The Blind Man Arc will serve as a prologue for the game, and the player can tackle one of seven different arcs depending on the actions they take. After all seven arcs have been cleared, a final arc will be opened for the player to challenge.

The game follows 25-year-old protagonist Saki Hōjoō and 36-year-old Sōjirō Sekimoto. Although Saki is usually quite cool, she also has a side of her that is quite cowardly. However, she is very good at acting and making lies. Sōjirō is a former college professor who studied urban myths, but is now a suspect for a murder case. He claims to have knowledge about an incident that happened in a village, and agrees to assist Saki in the case.

The horror adventure game franchise opened a pink teaser website on April 1 that announced that “production on a new Hayarigami has been green-lit.” However, since April 1, the site has been slowly darkening and changing to a creepier image as time passes.

The first Hayarigami game was released in Japan in 2004, followed by Hayarigami 2 andHayarigami 3 for PlayStation 2. NIS has ported the games onto multiple platforms since their release.

NIS had announced plans for a live-action film in 2012, but then announced that the project had been indefinitely postponed since its partner Music Cinemas Japan filed for bankruptcy.

The game will be released for both consoles on August 8.

Xseed Will Try To Bring Ys: The Ark of Napishtim To PC.

From Siliconera:

Ys: The Ark of Napishtim is another Falcom game that Xseed are interested in bringing to Steam, the publisher said on its Facebook page.

A fan recently asked if there would be any chance of Ys 6 being released on PC, and an Xseed representative replied, “We will definitely try.”

Ark of Napishtim is available in the West on PSP and PlayStation 2. The game was published by Konami in North America, but a PC version released by Falcom in Japan exists as well. Hopefully, this will allow Xseed to avoid running into any copyright issues with Konami, provided they’re willing to re-translate the game.

Currently, Xseed are in the process of preparing The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky for a Steam release.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax-Rise Kujikawa trailer.

Tales of RPGs Are Growing In The West Says Bandai Namco.

From Siliconera:

At Bandai Namco’s Global Gamer’s Day event, Siliconera spoke with product manager Dennis Lee about the reception of the Tales of series of RPGs in the West. Namco have begun to bring these games over fairly regularly now, and have committed to trying to grow the franchise in the West. Lee said this was entirely because of communication with the series’ fans.

“So, a lot of what we had done in the past—mainly the PS2 and GameCube era—of course, JRPGs were popular and the Tales of series had the most successful title in the series released in that console generation, Tales of Symphonia,” Lee said. “In the years after that, there were some ups and downs in the series. There were a lot of titles that weren’t brought over to the west—in fact, there was a span of two or three years where we didn’t bother to bring any over.”

“A few years back is when we decided to really focus on the series and the fans because they’re asking for these titles, so we started with Tales of Graces F and the 3DS version of Tales of the Abyss, and we started to do things where we went to events and talked directly to anime and Tales of fans about what they wanted. A lot of those requests were things like Japanese and English audio options, shorter waits between Japanese releases and Western releases, and so on.”

“That being said,” Lee continued, “we’ve put a lot of work into making sure that Japan and America get Tales of games right around the same time. With each game we’ve released, sales have increased—so we believe that fans have been going out and talking to other fans. With games coming out on a more periodic basis, I think it conveys [to new fans] that this isn’t just a one-off game, it’s not just another RPG.”

“Working with our community and fans has helped the audience to grow, and we’re delighted to see it taking off so well in the west.”

I asked Lee if there were any other devices Bandai Namco were looking to bring Tales of games out on in the West.

“Right now the team’s very focused on getting us caught up to Japan with the new releases, and they’re looking at different platforms to get these games out to the fans,” he replied. “There were a couple of… experiments, you know, with games like Tales of Phantasia, which we released on iOS. That received some mixed results. In general, though, we’re looking at all of the ways in which we can bring the Tales of series to the fans.”

Note: Screenshot from Tales of Zestiria, the latest game in the series. It’s been confirmed for Western release, but has no release date yet.