For the last year or so, things have not been going well for Ace Attorney fans who live outside of Japan. Back in March 2011, Capcom’s Christian Svensson stated via live stream that there were no plans to localize Ace Attorney Investigations 2. From there on out, Capcom’s decisions to cancel Mega Man Legends 3, and rehash games like Dead Rising 2 and Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 with enhanced remakes only served to upset their fan base even more. Furthermore, a live action Ace Attorney film was announced for release in Japan on February 11th, 2012, and there have been no plans to officially bring it over to Europe or North America (check out the trailer below).

While it’s been nothing but bad news for fans, there is some hope on the horizon. In a recent Ask Capcom live stream, Christian Svensson stated that talks are still on going, and that he is pushing for the game to be localized. While he wouldn’t mention a time or platform, he did tell fans to remain “cautiously optimistic”, and that he believes that Ace Attorney Investigations 2 will someday make it’s way stateside. Capcom also announced that the 10th anniversary celebration of Ace Attorney (which actually took place last October) will take place on January 29th, 2012, and that an announcement regarding the series will be made. It’s unsure as to what that announcement will be, but fans speculate it will have something to do with the movie, AAI2, or a brand new game.

While the live-action film hasn’t been announced for North America or Europe, a cast list has been revealed, and it seems like every major character has made it into the movie. Furthermore, a novelization of the movie has been released in Japan, and a user over at Court-Records (the Ace Attorney fan site), has mentioned that the movie retains the four original cases from the first GBA/DS game (don’t expect to see any footage regarding the DS-exclusive case), but some changes have been made. If you want to spoil yourself, you can read more about that here. Lastly, YouTube user BadPlayer2 is currently updating his channel with a playthrough of Ace Attorney Investigation 2, with English subtitles. While most fans probably don’t want to watch someone else play, if you want a glimpse of the game, I would check out the first few videos.

It may take some time, but fans must remain optimistic if we ever want AAI2 to see the light of day. If you haven’t done so, head on over to the Capcom Unity thread, titled “Why Aren’t You Localizing Ace Attorney Investigations 2? V2“, and voice your opinion there. For those wondering, the thread is specified as “version 2”, since the original thread spanned over 400 pages, and began to go off topic.

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  • I hope those talks go well. I’ve only played the first Ace Attorney game, but I really want to be able to play all of them. I’ve been hoping they’d do an anthology release for the series to give me another chance to just by them all, but some other nifty thing for the anniversary would be cool. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney needs to get confirmed for US release, too.

    That movie looks awesome! I wish they’d bring it stateside.

  • Yeah, I hope they bring the movie stateside.

    An anthology would be cool, I own all 5 games already, but I’d probably buy it again. Also, while Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney hasn’t been officially confirmed, cast sheets at TGS 2011 mentioned that the English voice actors were TBD, implying that it will be localized. Also, when Level-5 America did a poll on Facebook a while back, the number one game that was voted for localization was PL vs. AA.

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