Capcom today announced in a press release that Ace Attorney 5 will be known as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies in North America and Europe and release in those regions this Fall. There is some bad news for collectors, however: Capcom will only be releasing Dual Destinies as a digital download on the 3DS eShop in those regions. (In contrast, Japan is also getting a physical release with limited edition bonuses.) No price was mentioned for either North America or Europe.
Dual Destinies picks up one year after the events of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Phoenix Wright has returned to the courtroom following a mysterious explosion that leaves the courthouse in shambles. He has a new sidekick for this adventure; Athena Cykes. Athena's special ability is to read the emotions of witnesses and pinpoint changes in emotion that Phoenix can use to his advantage in court.
Capcom also revealed the first English trailer for the game, which can be seen below:
UPDATE: Capcom Senior Vice President Christian Svensson explained the decision to go digital-only in the Capcom forums.
Sorry guys, but a physical release is not in the cards.
Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the game for as long as possible. With that in mind we have opted for a digital only release via the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
I understand that this decision may upset fans who wanted to have a physical version of the title to add to their collection but we believe this direction is the best to take.
We will be confirming details on the price point in the not-so-distant future which I hope will also shed more light on the strategy at play here.