Bad news for those hoping to have a complete physical collection of the Ace Attorney series, as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies has been confirmed to be a digital-only release. Although the game was originally announced to be exclusive to the eShop, there had been murmurs of it receiving a physical release. Unfortunately, in a Q&A on the Capcom blog today, Producer Motohide Eshiro confirmed the game will indeed be a digital-only release in the west.
“In response to fan feedback we looked into a western physical release of Dual Destinies but from the beginning of the project, one of our goals has been to bring the game to the western market much more quickly than we have been able to in the past. As text adventures, the Ace Attorney games require a lot of time for localization, so we really moved the proverbial mountains and had a lot of people work very hard to get the text localized as quickly as possible—while of course maintaining the high quality level fans are accustomed to.
As part of this, we made the decision to release on digital only in the west in order to take manufacturing time out of the equation and allow the release date to be as early as possible. So the answer is, no, Dual Destinies will be a digital download-only release in the west.”
While manufacturing a game is no cake walk, it’s certainly not that timely of a process (especially when the game could be pushed a bit to allow for it), so it seems like a cop out. More likely, Capcom knows the game won’t be a big seller in North America and doesn’t want to invest in distribution/packaging when they know the game’s niche audience would buy the game digitally if presented with no other option.
While the game itself is what matters, it’s a shame as they could have done some cool things with a physical edition.