Professor Layton Goes the Social Route

Tom Goldman

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Professor Layton Goes the Social Route



Level-5 is using the Professor Layton license for a social game.

Even the venerable Professor Layton cannot escape the gravitational pull of the social game. Level-5 has announced that it's teaming up with Japanese social game developer DeNA to develop a Professor Layton social title called Professor Layton Royale.

No, it doesn't come with cheese. Professor Layton Royale is an extension of DeNA's Royale series which is very popular on smartphones in Japan. The Professor Layton version will also play out on mobile platforms and task players to catch criminals, or become them and evade amateur lawmen with huge hats.

Players are assigned one of three roles from the Professor Layton series: detective, criminal, or citizen. Detectives and citizens work together to figure out who's the criminal. The criminal can put up obstacles to avoid being caught within a certain time limit. Level-5 boss Akihiro Hino says it's a "test of deduction and tactics between players."

It doesn't appear to bring over any of the brain teaser-based gameplay from the DS/3DS versions of Professor Layton. Professor Layton Royale is another example of the Professor branching out, as he's also lending his talents to a Phoenix Wright crossover title [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/104508-Professor-Layton-Taking-On-Phoenix-Wright-In-New-Crossover].

Sadly, just like the Phoenix Wright crossover [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/104551-Professor-Layton-Phoenix-Wright-Crossover-for-Japan-Only-Says-Capcom], Professor Layton Royale will likely remain in Japan. We never seem to get the cool stuff overseas.

Source: 1up [http://www.1up.com/news/professor-layton-social]

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Cursed Frogurt

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Hey, at least we're finally getting the fourth DS game this year.

I wonder what the insane plot twist involving the town and its citizens will be this time.
 

PunkRex

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So its like CSI but with puzzles, or without puzzles... not to sure exactly what its going to play like as I dont play many social games. Sounds fun though. TEAMWORK!
 

Scarim Coral

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This news reminds me of a puzzle (I'm kidding).

OT- Its sound like an interesting game although it's a shame they won't release it outside of Japan, it would of increase people to be more gentlemen and lady like.

I can easily imagine being something like this- Criminal "It appears good sir you have capture me."
 

TiefBlau

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RaikuFA said:
WHY DOES LEVEL-5 HATE US?!?!?!

probably xenophobic
They don't get nearly enough money to justify porting, as much as we'd like to believe otherwise :p

Also why Miles Edgeworth 2 stayed in Japan as well :(
 

theskadudeguy

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"Sadly, [...] the Phoenix Wright crossover, [---] will likely remain in Japan."

This phrase makes me want to cry...