North American fans of one of the bestselling DS series, Phoenix Wright, were excited after the new Phoenix Wright release called Dual Destinies released for the 3DS was announced in Japan earlier this year. Many fans rejoiced after hearing about the return of Phoenix Wright after the last Ace Attorney game that had not featured Phoenix Wright and instead another attorney named Apollo Justice. The current Ace Attorney game was released in Japan on July 25, 2013 and is set for a North American release some time by the end of the year. However, fans may be disappointed to hear that the new Phoenix Wright game, set one year after the events of Apollo Justice, will not be receiving a boxed edition and will only be available for download on the Nintendo eShop.
While Japan editions of the game included a boxed edition and DLC for a pack of three costumes, the overseas editions will not include these features, even though the costumes are being worked on to be available as soon as possible for overseas buyers. Previous Senior Vice President of Capcom USA, Christian Svensson, was in charge of bringing a physical copy of the game to North America, but with his departure from the company recently, the possibility of creating a physical copy of the game was lost and a download-only version would be the only possibility of a North American release. The producer of Ace Attorney, Motohide Eshiro, explained that the reason for the download-only version of the game for overseas customers was so that the game would be released as quickly as possible for customers to play.
With the news of a physical copy being announced, I personally was rather disappointed, seeing as I really wanted to own the game and add it to my own collection. However, I am glad the game is still being localized for North America and being done quickly for a sooner release. What do you think of the outcome of no boxed version? Do you still want the game or without a physical version, will you opt out of purchasing it?