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Takumi in January, 2011.
|Occupation||Video game designer, game director, game producer|
Shu Takumi (巧 舟 Takumi Shū, born May 2, 1971) is a Japanese video game developer working at Capcom who is the main developer of the core Ace Attorney series, serving as director and scriptwriter for the original trilogy. In addition, he provided the Japanese voice for Phoenix Wright throughout the series and composed the song "Guitar's Serenade," for the video game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.
Shu Takumi joined Capcom in 1994 along with Hideki Kamiya. His first game was Gakkou no Kowai Uwasa: Hanako-san ga Kita!! (学校のコワイうわさ 花子さんがきた!!), a 1995 video game adaptation of an anime of the same name. He was designated as a planner, and because the director was busy with multiple projects, Takumi had some freedom in his role. In the years that followed, Takumi came up with an idea for a detective game, though nothing came out of it at first.
Takumi was later picked up by Shinji Mikami to work on Dino Crisis. However, in early 1997, the Dino Crisis team was temporarily redirected to help work on the ill-fated original version of Resident Evil 2. Takumi was then made director of the Dino Crisis project before being demoted to planner, being responsible for the first half of the game. He was then made director of Dino Crisis 2, and was able to maintain his position throughout the game's development.
After the release of Dino Crisis 2, Takumi was given an opportunity to make whatever game he wanted with a small team of seven. He conceived of a detective-themed visual novel that would allow the player to input his or her deductions in some way. He thought of two ways to achieve this, one being a "joint reasoning" system in which the player would correct the deductions of a detective, and a court system in which the player, as a lawyer, would point out contradictions between witness testimony and evidence. His team began work on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a realization of the latter concept.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was originally intended for the Game Boy Color, but after being shown a demo of Mega Man Battle Network on a prototype Game Boy Advance, development moved enthusiastically to the then-upcoming handheld. Despite being such a small project with only two programmers and two graphical asset developers, with Takumi taking on the roles of planner, director and scenario writer, the team managed to finish the game in ten months. The producer liked the game so much that he requested that it be made into a trilogy. Thus, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations were produced in 2002 and 2004, respectively, followed by Nintendo DS ports of the three games, which were released internationally.
The 2007 game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney was the last entry in the main series made under Takumi, who went on to create the standalone title Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. After the release of the Nintendo 3DS, Takumi came back as scenario writer for the crossover game Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Takumi was not involved in the development of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies due to concentrating his efforts on said crossover game at the time. He is now working on a spinoff series of the Ace Attorney games taking place in Victorian London and incorporating the "joint reasoning" system that he had conceived all those years before, starting with Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken, which was released in 2015. Takumi also acted as a script supervisor for the 2016-2018 Ace Attorney anime series.
Shu Takumi is credited in the following games:
- Gakkou no Kowai Uwasa: Hanako-san ga Kita!! (1995)
- Resident Evil 2 (1998)
- Dino Crisis (1999) - Main Planner
- Dino Crisis 2 (2000) - Director
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2001) - Plan/Scenario/Director
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All (2002) - Plan/Scenario/Director
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations (2004) - Plan/Scenario/Director
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (2007) - Original Creator/Series Director/Scenario
- Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (2010) - Game Design/Scenario/Direction
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2011)
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2012) - Game Design/Scenario/Direction
- Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken (2015) - Game Design/Scenario/Direction
- Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo (2017) - Game Design/Scenario/Direction
- Sheffield, Brandon (23 August 2010). "Q&A: Ghost Trick's Shu Takumi On Crafting Mysteries And Strong Characters". Gamasutra. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
- Ash. Takumi Special Interview. Court Records Forums. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- Kleinberg, Dante (6 June 2010). "Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective archived preview". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
- Gantayat, Anoop (19 October 2010). "Layton and Ace Attorney Team Up on 3DS". IGN. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
- Ashcraft, Brian (13 February 2014). "Capcom Is Making a New Ace Attorney". Kotaku. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
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