@Mr_Mustache Hard to say, but usually the Layton and Phoenix Wright games are all announced to come to the West early on, so there is a bit of worry here, since this game has been out in Japan for like a half a year? without any Western announcement. And they did keep Miles Edgeworth 2 in Japan only.
@Mr_Mustache Everywhere! Worldwide release, but then the sequel never left Japan, and Ace Attorney 5 is getting this weird digital-only release in the West, so there doesn't seem to be as much confidence in Western releases nowadays. On the other hand, EVERY Layton game has had a full Western release, so who knows.
Welp, people love Capcom for Mega Man in Smash Bros., and then hate them for not bringing Street Fighter to Wii U -- and forget all about loving them two weeks ago -- and so on. I guess I'm done with this thread now; hearing people bitch about a Publisher is not among my favorite things to do. Good luck.
@Mr_Mustache I didn't realize that was what was happening here.
@Xbob42 Since practically every single console and handheld game that gets a retail release in Japan and comes West does so with a retail release in the West, including every single previous game in the series in question. I know you LOVE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS SO VERY MUCH but you can't pretend that you don't know that this is a weird thing in context. And it definitely suggests that Capcom does not have the same faith in Phoenix Wright's potential success in the West as they used to have in this series, and as they still have in the well... every single other Western release of theirs in recent memory that has not been relegated to a digital-download only. This is a very weird, isolated case when you look at the actual context involved, and it doesn't bode well for future Western releases in the series.
In fact, it feels a lot like a standard "Capcom test", and those never end well.
Welp, that's the good thing about digital releases, you don't spend several million dollars on packaging and carts, so instead of not releasing at all like some previous games in the series you can get a fully functional version that costs Capcom nothing to make!
@Xbob42 Sure, but the argument wasn't "are digital download only games a good idea?"
In fact, there was no argument. Just me responding to Mustache's "Why wouldn't it come to the West?" comment about Layton versus Ace Attorney, pointing out that when one game in the Ace Attorney series (spinoff series, actually) doesn't release in the West and another releases digital-only, that is enough for me to think Capcom has some doubts about the strength of this series in the West, so I won't assume the collaboration game (which is out in Japan and still has no Western release announcement, retail or digital) is definitely going to make it over here.
Of course, as I stated above, the other side of this is that every single Layton game has had a full retail release in the West.
So it's tough to say what the hold-up is here, and I really have no idea if the collaboration is coming West or not, at this point.
'Every single release in the series in question' came out on the DS where digital distribution wasn't an option. Now it is.
Like I said in the other thread, this is a niche title. Those who want it will download it. This cuts Capcom's costs enourmously, and eliminates the risk of unsold inventory. It really was a no-brainer decision.
@GameDadGrant I think Level 5 is all about becoming global too though. Albeit some of their self-published stuff hasn't come West, but I think a large part of that is that they have no real Western distribution of their own. I remember a few years back they were talking about solving that, no idea if they ever did.