Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy
This week, Level-5 shared some more details and screenshots for Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, this time focusing on Episode 02. That second episode is called Song of A Certain Love: Riverside Festival.
The Riverside Festival is an event taking place in London, where young people confess their love from the opposite sides of River Thames. Quite interestingly, the origin of this festival is quite… dark. There was once a man and a woman suffering from unrequited love. They went and confessed their love at the river, and both die an unnatural death.
And during the last day of the event, the same thing happens: two young people are killed, just ahead of the Riverside Confession Show. Naturally, that those two deaths are so close to the myth doesn’t go unnoticed, and the town is in an uproar as a result.
Next, Level-5 introduces 2 more Millionaires:
- Andrea Quinto (20 years old): the eldest daughter of the Quintos family. She lost her parents to a plane accident when she was but 18, and has inherite a real fortune following their death. Unfortunately, she’s a pretty lonely person, with no relatives;
- Zach Lyel: a pretty sharp and able businessman agressively expanding his business outside of just finance.
Gameplay-wise, we learn that Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy will feature some brand new features, including outfit customisation. Basically, you will be able to change Katrielle’s clothes, by choosing among various clothing items designed by Shohei Kashima (a famous stylist). You can get extra outfits using Special Coins (on Nintendp 3DS), or buy them via IAP on mobile.
Naturally, the outfits are displayed on screen during dialogue events (though probably not in animated cutscenes). Players who get the downloadable version of the game will receive a special outfit.
But it’s not just Katrielle’s outfits you can change: you can also decorate the interior of the Layton Detective Agency. Thanks to the Room Coordinate feature, you can change pretty much everything: wallpaper, bed, curtains, , rugs, chairs, sofas, and even cushions.
A pretty interesting detail: the game does have a main theme, called “Girls” (by Kana Nishino), that’s featured in the TVCM below. Finally, Level-5 explains that Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy will have the highest number of puzzles in the entire Professor Layton series.
Finally, here’s plenty of pictures for the game (including the boxart), and a TV Commercial!
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy (3DS) comes out on July 20th in Japan, and this Fall in Europe and North America.
Translation by: Gematsu
Layton on Nintendo Switch?
Could we ever see a Layton game on the Nintendo Switch? It’s a definite possiblity, if Eurogamer’s interview with Akihiro Hino is to be believed. He explained that right now, they’re trying to figure out how to have a Layton game without a touchscreen:
The problem is, the Layton series does a lot with the touchscreen and pointing. So, the problem with the Switch is, if you play on handheld you can do it, but if you put it on the dock… we’re trying to figure out how that would play into it.
If they ever managed to get over this hurdle, then a Professor Layton game on Nintendo Switch will not be a pipe dream anymore:
If we can get around that and figure out a way of doing it, definitely we’re looking into putting the next Layton onto the Switch.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? By the way, Akihiro Hino has already confirmed that Level-5 was working on game(s) for the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, we don’t know which one(s) just yet, but based on that interview, it’s safe to asume the first game to be released will not be a Layton title!