As part of a recent investor briefing, Capcom confirmed that it has plans to prepare more games for the Nintendo Switch in 2018, after admitting the company was caught off-guard by the system's highly successful launch. One of the franchises mentioned with regards to these future Switch plans is Ace Attorney.
In interview with Jiji, Capcom COO said company's developing Switch titles aimed at release after April next year. The pipeline includes "Ace Attorney" franchise. https://t.co/d1ZVNusN28
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) November 10, 2017
Speaking to two independent sources, Kotaku UK has learned that Capcom currently has plans for three Ace Attorney games for Switch. The company is planning to release two compilations in the first half of the 2018- 2019 financial year (between April 2018 and October 2018), one a compilation of the first three Ace Attorney games, the other compiling Ace Attorney games four through six in the series.
This specific configuration makes a lot of sense, because Capcom has previously re-released the games on iOS — which already has 1-3 and 4-6, in separate apps, updated for HD on a single screen touch screen device — and 3DS, the first three being bundled as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. Which may have made these bundles something of a no-brainer for the publisher.
However, our sources indicate that this is leading up to something.
Capcom has apparently also begun work on a new mainline Ace Attorney game, aiming for a late 2018 simultaneous global release on Switch and mobile. The new game is planned to contain five cases at launch, and features Phoenix Wright returning as the playable protagonist of the story.
Exciting times! I'll let you know when we hear any more details, until then: court is adjourned.