Video Game / Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Conflict Of Interest

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Conflict of Interest is a (still-in-progress) fangame based on the Ace Attorney series.

This game takes place a year and a half after the events of Apollo Justice. Phoenix has retaken the bar exam and gotten his attorney's badge back. With his former assistant, Maya Fey, back at his side, he finds himself involved with a series of cases, all apparently connected to each other.

Phoenix also faces a new court rival, Obadiah Williamson, a veteran prosecutor who takes his job very seriously. He hates both criminals and defense attorneys and seems to hold a grudge against Wright, despite never having met him.

Can Nick unmask this conspiracy of lies, forgery, and betrayal? Or will he too become corrupted by it?

Currently, there are four out of five cases available to play. More information and download links can be found here.

Fuandon does a Let's Play of the game here. Shitaki08 also does a Let's Play of the game here.

This Fan Game provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Phoenix's bluff about Dahlia being channeled is pretty much ignored during the 2nd day of court. After all, it was just a ploy by Phoenix to buy some more time to investigate.
  • Alternate Continuity: This game takes place in an alternate universe to official Dual Destinies. However, the branching point is set somewhere back from the current events, with the disappearance of Pearl Fey.
  • Always Murder: subverted for one of the first times in the series in Turnabout Consequences, as Maya is still alive after she was shot..
  • Arc Words: Five years ago.
  • Art Evolution: Should become quite obvious, if you compare author's earlier sprites (made primarily from various elements of already existing characters) with new ones, done completely from scratch. He even went as far as to hire professional artists from deviantART for cutscene images.
  • Big Bad: Francisco Mendirez is shaping up to be one.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Turnabout Consequences again.
  • But Thou Must: Surprisingly averted in Turnabout Consequences. It's up to player if they decide to cover for the real culprit or to expose the truth. Both choices lead to different endings and will have repercussions in the final case.
    • Played straight earlier in the case as no matter what you choose, Meredith is accused of the murder.
  • Calling Card: Whenever members of the Rivales Family want to send someone a message, they leave a card with a bear emblem on their crime scenes.
    • Sir Gallante's sign is also a specific example.
  • Continuity Nod: The crumpled photo of Phoenix, Maya and Pearl on a boat has been evidently taken in Gaterwater Land, during the events of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. One can even spot little Miles' figure in the background.
    • 'Jimmy' in Turnabout Consequences poses as a prosecutor and he pulls the same cheap trick Furio Tigre used in Trials and Tribulations, albeit this time with a cardboard prosecutor's badge.
  • Courtroom Antics: As expected from a Phoenix Wright game.
  • Easter Eggs: Visiting the Police Station at specific points in game may lead to stumbling upon some interesting individuals like inspector Chelmey and constable Barton from Professor Layton or Lynne and Missile from Ghost Trick.
  • Family Disunion: The Fey Clan Reunion resulted in an attempted assassination of Maya Fey, the current Master of Kurain, with another family member landing on the defendant's chair... before it even began!
  • Flashback Nightmare: Phoenix suffers from one of those at the beginning of Case 4.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: Starting from version 1.50 onwards, the game has undergone a significant number of improvements and alterations - some scenes from past cases were rewritten and characters’ designs were revamped.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Sir Gallante’s killings are rather brutal for an Ace Attorney game, although game refuses to directly show you any of his victims’ bodies. But then, go and read again the detailed autopsy report of Michael Rivales and try to imagine how his corpse must've look like.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Occurs in Case 3 between the LAPD and FBI.
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: Two unidentified victims in the fifth case were given quite original placeholder names Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. When Wright fails to catch the reference, Williamson responds "You don't read much literature, do you, Wright?"
  • Left Hanging: Case 1 intentionaly ends with some plot threads waiting to be resolved in the next cases.
  • Logging onto the Fourth Wall: Link that PureMadness posted on Ace Fanclub led once to an actual picture of Commander Shepard. Sadly, this is not the case anymore since the picture in question disappeared from the server.
  • Mini-Game: Putting together pieces of a broken gun. With super glue!
    • Again in case 4,this time with a broken statue.
  • Playing the Player: Turnabout Consequences does it's best to make you confused as to who the real culprit is. Raphael got an early bird cameo right before the case came out in the prologue case as one of the Rivales thugs talking with Timmons, so people would be suspicious of him, Meredith outright says she did it at the end of the second investigation. By the end of the case, you will be slapping yourself at how simple the solution is and depressed at the outcome.
  • Mood Whiplash: Turnabout on the Web is especially guilty of this. At first we have a case full of TakeThats and shoutouts to Ace Attorney community, internet trolls, and rabid fanboys... and then, on the second day of investigation, we go to the Criminal Affairs. It gets worse from there.
    • Turnabout Consequences might be even worse. We finally get to the Fey Family Reunion where we finally find out that Pearl is alive. All is well, everyone's happy. Then Maya gets shot by an unknown sniper and things take a much darker turn, with the Rivales Family getting involved again. At the end, it turns out that the culprit is Pearl Fey, of all people. Wow. Ropfa truly wasn't kidding when he said that things are going to get darker from Turnabout on the Web.
  • Out of Order: Case 1 (called also Case 0) was released AFTER Case 2 and 3. Word Of God says that this case had been initially cut off, as it had almost nothing to do with the main plot. However, while working on Case 3, the author decided that it might be a good idea to throw it back in and rewrite some parts of the plot, so now it fits with the other cases.
    • It also gave Trucy some screen time in the courtroom.
  • Playing Pictionary:
    • Wright has a hard time with interpreting a picture drawn by Maya for a Fey Clan Reunion flier:
    Phoenix: Why is the Pink Princess strangling that man?
    Maya: That's not the Pink Princess! That's me!
    Trucy: And she isn't strangling anyone...
    Phoenix: Sorry, my mistake.
    • It happens also with the aforementioned Calling Card, as almost nobody can recognize a bear on it.
  • Police Are Useless: Actually a major plot point in Case 3.
  • Punny Name: Rivales Family's hitlist includes such names like Leroy Jenkins and Albert Hawking.
  • Story Branching: Case 5 will have at least two paths, Depending on wether you choose to prove Pearl's motive or not at the end of case 4.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In A Turnabout Is Worth a Thousand Words, if you present Phoenix's profile at the right time, the judge will retract any and all penalties he has given, his reason being that he "cannot let competence go unrewarded."
  • Title Drop: Happens a lot in Case 4.
  • Trophy Wall: Phoenix and Maya have keepsakes from all the past cases placed on a wall in the Wright's Agency. note 
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: MN-6 trial reveals hidden ties between some characters, as well as the reason for Williamson’s antipathy towards Wright.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Deconstructed with Pearl in Turnabout Consequences. After being used as a pawn by her mother at the end of Bridge to the Turnabout, she disappears to protect Maya from herself.
  • Wham Episode: Turnabout Consequences.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: A major point gets brought up later in Turnabout Consequences that neither most players nor Phoenix ever considered at the beginning of the case Where was Pearl during the shooting?