This week, various game outlets have had the opportunity to try out Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Kakugo, and the reports published today allows to get some pretty juicy details about the game, and more precisely about Case 2 (that we already talked about in this post a few days ago).
We learn that Case 2 (or rather, Episode 2) is called “The Reminiscence of the Clouded Kokoro”, and that it takes place only one day after Episode 4 of Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken. Fun fact: the title is pretty much the same, as only “adventure” was replaced by “reminiscence”.
At the end of Episode 4, Natsume Souseki is found not guilty. After that, Naruhodou Ryuunosuke, Mikotoba Susato and Sherlock Holmes all head to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in order to visit the victim of that case: one Viridian Green (an art student at the Thorndyke University, with a gloomy personality). Since she’s finally regained consciousness, she’s able to thank the group for both coming to visit her and solving her case.
Thanks to Sherlock Holmes’ quick deducing, they find out that the victim lives quite far away from the place where the was stabbed (Briar Road), but unfortunately, as they were about to learn what she was doing there that night, a messenger arrives from Natsume Souseki, informing them that his fellow lodger has been found dead.
That fellow lodger is a man called William Petenshy, that Natsume Souseki found dead that very morning. If you read that post, then you know that the two frequently debated (pretty heatedly) about Shakespear, which is why Inspector Gregson is immediately suspicious of the writer. After looking at the scene, Sherlock Holmes deduces that the victim was poisoned.
And if you thought that Naruhodou Ryuunosuke stepping in for Joint Reasoning was goning to help Natsume Souseki’s help… think again. It only serves to make him more suspicious than ever, which is why he’s arrested on the spot.
During the court part, the jury of Episode 4 of Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken is reconvened, due to Natsume Souseki’s second arrest taking place so soon after the previous one and the not guilty verdict. It’s a rather special case, allowing that jury to reconsider their judgement. This is the only Episode in the game with returning jurors, they are all brand new in the other ones.
About the heated arguments about Shakespeare, mentioned above, they’re really something else. Not only do they debate pretty heatedly, but they also dress up in character and battle it out. Shakespeare has always been pretty serious business for those two! Natsume Souseki tries to explain that to the jury, that it has nothing to do with the murder, but as you can imagine, they’re not really convinced.
Then, Decargo Mieterman is called in as a wtiness, and claims to have scene something at the scene through a crack in the bricked-up window. That something is apparently implicating Natsume Souseki, but we will not find out what it is since that’s something the outlet chose not to report (most likely under embargo).
It seems Episode 3 involves an explosion during a science experiment, but that’s all the info we’re going to get for now, as everything about that episode is under embargo until June 16th.
The various outlets also had the opportunity to interview Motohide Eshiro (Producer), who reveals that Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Kakugo will not feature animated cutscene. Instead, everything is done with the game’s engine, with increased use of mocap.
We already know that Iris Watson is back in this sequel, but what we didn’t know is that she has a brand new outfit for when the team is out in town.
Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Kakugo features various improvements, such as improved cameras during Joint Reasoning (as the team is now more used to it), or the fastforward feature not cutting from pose to pose so abruptly anymore.
Some of the music from Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken is being reused, but only to make the two games feel connected. The soundtrack (which has 47 tracks, apparently) will also have plenty of brand new tracks.
Regarding the remaining mysteries from the first game, Motohide Eshiro reiterates that they will all be resolved in this sequel, and explains that he feels pretty confident about the scenario. Development is nearing completition (which is no wonder: there’s only two months left until release!), and once the game is complete, it will be truly over: there will not be any DLC, apparently.
Finally, we learn that on June 6th, Capcom will begin upload various videos, summarizing Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken. They will be presented as voiced skits (with easter eggs for fans of the series, it seems!).
Here’s some brand new screenshots for the game:
Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken (3DS) comes out on August 3rd in Japan.