Gyakuten Kenji 2
|Gyakuten Kenji 2|
Japanese cover art featuring (from left to right): Edgeworth, Kay, Shigaraki, and Mikagami
Gyakuten Kenji 2 (逆転検事2, lit. "Turnabout Prosecutor 2"), unofficially referred to as Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2, is an adventure video game for the Nintendo DS handheld game console by Capcom. It is the sixth game in the Ace Attorney series, and a sequel to Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. There are currently no plans for Capcom to release the game outside Japan.
The game features gameplay largely reminiscent of its predecessor, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, with the "Investigation", "Logic" and "Confrontation" modes returning. A new element involves "Chess Logic". During conversations with certain characters, the player must find a weakness in the conversation within a limited amount of time. The player is given two choices of dialogue. At times one of these pieces will show a chess piece; the player, if they believe they have an advantage in the conversation over the other character, can select the chess piece option. If the player does not yet have the advantage, they will lose some of the time meter, and will have to continue asking other probing questions in order to further build up their advantage. However, if the player does have an advantage, as represented by the relative strength of the chess pieces shown, they will succeed in overthrowing the character's conversation and progress in the game.
|Ace Attorney series chronology|
Gyakuten Kenji 2 features the same three main characters from its predecessor: prosecutor Miles Edgeworth; detective Dick Gumshoe; and Kay Faraday, a teenage girl who is also an avid thief. One case of the game takes place at Gourd Lake, a setting from the first game of the series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The character of Shelly de Killer from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All returns. A new female judge, named Hakari Mikagami, is introduced and serves as Edgeworth's rival in this game; character designer Tatsurou Iwamoto wanted to create an older woman he could look up to. Mikagami is part of a "Prosecutor Purge", following the actions of weaker prosecutors to justify removing them from duty; the game starts with Mikagami attempting to take a case under Edgeworth's command to another prosecutor, Yumihiko Ichiyanagi.
Gyakuten Kenji 2 was first revealed in Famitsu in early September 2010, followed by an official announcement from Capcom. The game was part of Capcom's showcase at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show. The game was released with two special bundles in Japan, an Extended Edition with a Miles Edgeworth figurine and a Limited Edition which also includes a promotional DVD and an orchestral soundtrack.
In March 2011, Capcom's Christian Svensson stated that there were no plans at the time to release Gyakuten Kenji 2 in regions outside of Japan. In an interview with Siliconera in December 2011, Svensson stated that the potential for a downloadable, digital release of Gyakuten Kenji 2 exists, but that he couldn't say that it definitely would happen, and that "conversations are ongoing internally about how to address the audience that’s clamoring for more [Ace Attorney] goodness".
In January 2012, in a live "questions and answers" video, Svensson again said that he had not given up on trying to get Gyakuten Kenji 2 released in the West, that conversations remained ongoing, and that he was "cautiously optimistic that some day, that content will exist in the West in some form." In March 2012, he once again said that an English release of the game was "an open discussion point", and that he hoped that "the fans are still patient with us".
In August 2012, a Capcom employee said that if Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney HD Trilogy, an iOS remake of the first three Ace Attorney games, is a success, it would increase the chances of getting Gyakuten Kenji 2 localized.
In September 2012, when asked if high sales of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney HD Trilogy and the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies would help sway a decision about localizing Gyakuten Kenji 2, Christian Svensson said that the game "isn’t being held hostage so please don’t read this that way but if they do well, they certainly can’t hurt". He also added that the sales forecasts for Dual Destinies were high compared to how well previous entries in the series had done commercially, which was necessary in order to get it released in the West.
In January 2013, Svensson was again asked about if there had been any progress made on getting Gyakuten Kenji 2 localized, and he responded that while it still comes up in conversation, there were no news to report, and that all Ace Attorney resources, especially localization ones, were focused on Dual Destinies. Whilst it was widely assumed that Gyakuten Kenji 2 wasn't localized due to poor sales of the franchise, producer Motohide Eshiro has stated "The main reason was just scheduling... Also, the staff for Ace Attorney Investigations 2—after they finished developing the game, they were disbanded and went to different teams, so they weren't in a position to localize."
A fan translation of Gyakuten Kenji 2, titled Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth: Prosecutor's Path, is in development. In October 2012, footage was posted online showing the intro to the game's first case, "Turnabout Target", translated into English. The translation patch of the first case was initially announced for a January 2013 release, however, due to extensive de-bugging and work on translating the second case, the release date was put on hold. In July 2013, it was announced that the first beta patch containing a full English translation of Case 1 and 2 would be slated for release by the end of summer. The first patch was finally released on September 16, 2013.
On its initial release week in Japan, Gyakuten Kenji 2 was the top selling game across all platforms, selling more than 132,000 units.
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