Following on from the remaster of the classic GBA Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games back in 2019, Capcom has now announced that the second half of the series, focusing on Phoenix’s legal apprentice Apollo Justice, are also getting ported to modern platforms. This trilogy will include 2007’s Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, 2013’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies and 2016’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice.
Following the release of the third Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney game, Trials and Tribulations, series creator Shu Takumi left the series to create Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective on the DS. Since then, the series has continued at Capcom with these three titles, which tend to get overlooked compared to the original GBA trilogy. The games focused around Apollo Justice brought many innovations to the series. These include utilising the touch screen and dual screen capabilities of the DS and 3DS, and in the latter two games in the trilogy, swapping out the 2D character designs with 3D models, albeit still while utilising the series’ iconic limited animation to achieve a similar look. The series has also been ported to iOS in the past, however this marks the first time these games will have reached PC or consoles.
This release makes more of the franchise playable on modern platforms. Despite this, some entries in the Ace Attorney franchise, like the Ace Attorney Investigations spin-offs on the DS and the 3DS crossover game with Professor Layton, remain unaccounted for. Hopefully a third trilogy re-release is on the cards in the near future. At any rate, the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy is heading to PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and PS5 in early 2024.