Phoenix Wright: Remnants of the Past
Phoenix Wright: Remnants of the Past
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a video game series developed by CAPCOM that originated on the Game Boy Advance in Japan (as Gyakuten Saiban) and was eventually ported and upgraded onto the Nintendo DS. The plot revolves around rookie defense attorney Phoenix Wright and his fight to discover the truth behind some of the strangest crimes ever. For a better look at how the gameplay runs, be sure to check out the corresponding article here.
Phoenix Wright: Remnants of the Past is my own personal fangame in production that plans to fit directly into the original saga. It will run on the AIGE (Anime Image Game Engine) library known as PWLib (Phoenix Wright Library). The program will be included with the final download and is confirmed to run on Windows operating systems at the moment (still waiting on confirmation for Macs). Many thanks to Ceres of Court-Records.net for the excellent boxart.
Unlike the original series however, there are plans to include voice acting (which can be turned on or off), and will add in a new roster of characters into the original cast. On top of that, fans of the original series will see gameplay features like Psyche-Locks, Investigations, Cross-Examinations, and others that will become apparent when you play the game. Below is the first promotional trailer for the game, and there are plans to hopefully develop a second that includes gameplay clips and voices. Full credit for the production of the trailer goes to immo-love.
Plot and Case Summaries
After his many years of working as a defender of the people, legendary attorney Phoenix Wright is one day forced to leave behind his legacy when a tragic event unfolds. Years later, and with a new up and coming attorney named Apollo Justice building a great reputation for himself under his new office, Phoenix decides to finally move on and leave his lawyer days entirely behind him. However, before doing so, Phoenix wishes to look over his past cases one last time using a piece of archiving technology known as the MASON System. Unfortunately for Phoenix, something or someone has other plans for him…
Turnabout of the Past
Phoenix Wright decides to give up his lawyer days once and for all, but seeks out the MASON System to relive his past cases one last time. It all goes wrong when a sudden malfunction sends him back to the past, where an old friend immediately calls him for legal assistance.
A skilled thief is about to make the heist of the century when her younger sister is taken hostage. In another location, a local defense attorney is found murdered in the Wright and Co. Offices, and Maya Fey has been arrested for the crime. With a valuable theft to prevent, a lost sister to find and a killer to catch, will good prevail over evil?
Turnabout, Center Stage
While Phoenix and Maya are attending a rare performance from Japanese pop idols Jupiter and Saturn, an artist who also attended the concert is mysteriously poisoned and his silent daughter is charged for the murder. The circumstances of the murder claim that young Vera Misham was the only one who could have committed the terrible deed, but she is only 12 years of age! Could she truly be the killer, and what of the dark past shrouding the formerly partnered idols?
A Turnabout in Flames
The wife of a foreign land’s king is murdered, and the unknown assailant is believed to have escaped into a neighbouring land- away from the death penalty that awaits them. To make matters worse, the king’s only daughter has run from the monarchy at an early age after a tragic event and is indirectly threatened by a mysterious source. As the monarchs from the “Kingdom of Sangreal” slowly make their way into the country to search for the escaped killer, a young and famous writer suddenly dies in a blazing car accident. Young Ema Skye and her scientific bag of experimental chemicals are quite suspect, and she is quickly put behind bars for supposedly causing the car to crash and explode into a deadly blaze. It seems like the monarchs will find more than they bargained for in their visit…
Remnants of the Past
Horror and grief strikes as a string of deadly murders play out at the same time in different locations. Before the crimes can even be looked into, Phoenix is unexpectedly pulled back to present day, realizing what the mysterious voice in the MASON System crash was talking about. He must now make the decision of his life- let the criminal escape, or let his cherished ones perish one by one? It’s the final courtroom showdown, and the ultimate loss awaits you if you fail. Are you prepared?
Progress and Credit
At the moment, the project has gone through quite a bit of planning and recruitment, but it has also met with many hurdles and walls. Combine a broken laptop, time restraints, an unforeseen and universally unwanted separation from the production team, and a broken script file upon file retrieval, and you’ve got a good idea of why this game’s production has been sent back up to several years. With that said, the engine (developed by KSA_Tech) has been upgraded, and the project is now being developed on a brand new computer. A new team is being formulated from programmers, artists, music composers, video producers and even voice actors, and at the moment, the priority is to release the entire first case as a playable demo.
Newest Update (February 26, 2014)
Music production is chugging along well, with both sound producers and I working closely to ensure we get the sound we can all agree on. With art, we’re getting to finishing the male character artworks completely, then we’ll move into the next bracket of exciting stuff.
NOTE: I’ll be doing a video Q&A on our YouTube channel (will be linked on this blog) soon, answering any questions you might have about the project. Feel free to leave a comment on this page with your questions, or hop onto our YouTube and/or Facebook pages in the sidebar to leave messages there. I will try and answer the most frequent and helpful questions and get everyone fully up to speed on everything. Thanks!
* No matter how little you hear about production/progression, please do understand that I have absolutely no intention of ever dropping it. Our biggest problem is that it’s near impossible for people to just jump onto a free game and use up their precious time on something that’s entirely unpaid. As such, we have to constantly search for new people and compensate for those who have to take sudden leaves. Commissions are considered here and there, but since it flies out of my own pocket, it’s very difficult to get around to that. Progress is always being made in some way, so the only thing I can ask is that you continue to look forward to the release, and to continue to support it as you have. Many thanks to everyone for your patience and unwavering support.
papermario13689 – Main programmer.
DDRKhat - Main programmer.
sikiie - Character sketches, title cards and poster.
immo-love – First trailer production.
Voice Actors (Mostly From The Voice Acting Alliance)
KampfVerein - Phoenix Wright
GoldenrodGirl - Maya Fey
asmithhers - Mia Fey
Volty - Dick Gumshoe
ThatCanadianDude - Larry Butz
New Iron – Richard Wellington
mizura - Franziska von Karma
mizura - Pearl Fey
Edwyn - Winston Payne
AderuMoro – Dahlia Hawthorne
Cettoto - Apollo Justice
Rina-chan - Trucy Wright
pickle131 - Cassandra Orion Pea
Jilly Bean - Vera Misham
Miku-tan - Risa Saturn
Currently Completed Artworks
She was once a thief, but that quickly changed one day in an event that would separate her from her precious sister Jade. The events that followed led her to be employed at Lordly Tailor as a guard under close watch, but her sister is still missing and she’ll stop at nothing to get her back.
An incident from her past had caused her so much trauma that she developed an intense case of amnesia. Separated by her family as a result, she grew up with the want to write her troubled emotions onto works of literature which eventually bore fruit. While her real name is unknown to everyone, she speaks to the populous as “Helen Ritz”, the silent but beautiful novelist.
In the past, she was the bright and bubbly personality of the Japanese pop duo “COSMOS”, but after a tragic event befell the pair, they were forced to continue their careers in separate directions. Nevertheless, Alice still keeps her cute persona that holds strong interests in fashion and colourful sweets, but not much else is known about her.
A student in all things astronomy, “Cassiopeia” shows great fascination of stars and things that lie beyond our world. She always carries around a miniature telescope slung around her shoulder, but is surprisingly rarely found outside of her personal observatory.
Fraternal Japanese twins who were named after the anatomy of a Japanese blade (Mei being an inscription on the tang, Yokote being a part of the blade that binds, and Nakago being the tang itself). They were given these names for their silent but sharp senses of intelligence despite being very young. They are rarely seen apart from each other, and it is often a sign that they’ve been unintentionally separated.
The second part to what used to be “COSMOS”, Risa’s intention wasn’t to further her career but to sing for a father that she had lost. Even after the separation, she still values Alice as a close friend but is never able to see her after she became very popular. Risa herself enjoys sports and video games, but is overall very quiet unless she talks to someone she trusts.