Written by. Ryuki Ishii based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-04-15 12:59 JST)
Capcom has announced that The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles has sold over 500,000 units worldwide.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles came out for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC (Steam) in July of 2021 as a compilation of The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. These two games were originally released on Nintendo 3DS and iOS in Japan, and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles marked the first-ever release of the Great Ace Attorney games outside of the country.
Both The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve are part of the Ace Attorney series created by Shu Takumi. The games take place in late 19th century Japan and England, with each title featuring five murder-mystery episodes. You play as a rookie attorney named Ryunosuke Naruhodo, an ancestor of the Ace Attorney series’ protagonist Phoenix Wright, who must uncover the secrets behind an international criminal conspiracy and solve a series of cold cases.
The first title was criticized by fans for its incomplete narrative when it initially came out in Japan in 2015. However, the sequel The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve managed to pick up the threads left dangling by the previous game and weaved them into a satisfying conclusion.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, released in 2021, is also being well received by players, earning an “Overwhelmingly Positive” user review status on Steam as of this writing. The compilation comes with English audio and subtitles, along with new assistance features called Autoplay Mode and Story Mode. Autoplay Mode automatically advances the text for the players, and Story Mode automates the choice-making and puzzle-solving processes.
As a comparison, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy has sold 1.4 million units so far. While The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles hasn’t reached the same level of success in terms of units sold, it’s still an excellent number for a re-release. As with other Capcom titles, the Ace Attorney series is turning into a global IP, and we look forward seeing what’s coming next.
In related news, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is coming to mobile devices later this year, featuring the first three Ace Attorney games “optimized for mobile platforms and with improved image resolution and audio quality.”