The latest game in the Phoenix Wirght series, Spirit of Justice, made a few changes to the long-running series of courtroom adventures. The new title introduced a new country steeped in spiritual powers and traditions. However, before they decided to double down on mystical concepts, the developers considered another new setting to change up the pace of the series.
The game’s director, Takeshi Yamazaki, recently revealed one new concept was to have the titular character work in what could be described as a very literal criminal court. This idea centered around a secret court run by and for the criminal underbelly of society. Rather than investigating and representing innocent bystanders accused of serious crimes, Phoenix would be defending criminals accused of violating the the code of honor among thieves.
“Phoenix would have a tough time believing in his own clients,” Yamazaki explained. “Furthermore, everyone involved in the trials would be members of the underworld, including witnesses and prosecutors, so naturally, there would be false testimonies, forged evidence, bribes, blackmail, and other dirty dealings going on. Under those circumstances, we figured even Phoenix would feel incredibly like a fish out of water.”
Personally, I think this concept sounds quite interesting and could be used to take the series in some very fun, and maybe even darker directions. Maybe we’ll see it explored in future iterations of the series.