Let it begin!
Mahoney (since the European version's out, let's call her Espella, which is her British name, shall we?) is being accused of witchcraft because she can communicate with unknown creatures the others think to be spirits.There's a part in a Japanese trailer wherein Espella appeared to be "praying" to something while sitting with her back against a tree. She seems to be answering questions Wright is asking her, and she gets her answers from that whatever she's speaking to. And then the view was panned to Layton, who was facing away from the camera. I presume he is starting to get suspicious of Espella, and that is where the "Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright" comes in. Wright defends Espella, Layton accuses her.
Labyrinth City (or Labyrinthia in the British version) is a city isolated from the outside world, and thus, they have delayed technology. It's not a world in a book.I can't begin to theorize as to how they access the place by opening a book (or at least that's what one of the cutscenes featured in the trailers imply), but yeah, ye who have played Professor Layton know how mindblowing Layton style plot twists are.
Mahone is an alternate universe version of...Liane, from Level-5's Jeanne D'Arc. Labyrinth City is a heavily altered version of Rouen, and the storyteller is the Duke of Bedford. It should go without saying, then, that both Ace Attorney and Layton take place in this altered version of the real world where Jeanne d'Arc is what actually happened. Presumably, the demon from JDA is resurrected following Unwound Future, and Layton, having done his research, goes back in time to stop it at its source by trying to keep Liane from being burnt at the stake. Phoenix and Maya are here because, a, Layton needed an experienced lawyer, and b, Maya's magatama has power passed down from the armlets.
Maxwell is the Storyteller.Whatever he writes becomes reality. It fits so well it's almost scary.
The Court scene is an example of Super DickeryThe heroes aren't against each other. They have to work together to prove her innocence, but they have to put on a show for the populace.
Maya as a WitchAt some point in the game some character will remark, jokingly or not, that Maya might be a witch. Just look at how she's dressed. It's bound to come up.
This time the Court antics will make senseWe find our hero in a Kangaroo court. Just like all the others. However, this time it's a witch trial, and the marsupial-ness is justified.
In a plot twist, it will turn out to also be a crossover with Umineko no Naku Koro niWitches, fiendishly difficult puzzles, Mundane Made Awesome, finger-pointing, logic battles, Rewriting Reality... seriously, just add some gorn, narm, and Nightmare Fuel and you're covered.
It will be a super extra special cross overFeaturing shoutouts and cameos to every series they can get the rights to! You'll solve morphball puzzles, figure out the shortest number of jumps for an Italian, find new creatures to summon to solve puzzles...
'Storyteller' is not the Big BadGiven the nature (read: complexity) of the games, it is highly unlikely they will name the series' villain as simply or straightforward as how the trailer did. This troper is pegging that there is another character or a King Incognito, whom will be The Chessmaster or The Man Behind the Man.
The upcoming crossover with Professor Layton is the result of Hobo Phoenix tripping on something else than grape juice...Come on, there's just no other possible way to fit something like this into canon, neither in terms of timeline, nor... in any other terms. Come on. You know it's true.
In the Layton crossover, Maya will, at some point, be Don Paolo in disguise.Because Don Paolo only disguises himself as major characters, has been known to imitate girls Maya's age (Flora), and Wright is a playable character. Otherwise, Don will probably impersonate another AA character; probably Gumshoe, Edgeworth, or The Judge, in order of likelihood of being impersonated/present. Also depends on what characters show up from each series.
Maya will be a defendant in the Witch Trials.
At some point, Don Paolo will masquerade as Phoenix Wright or Professor Layton.Perhaps that's what the trailer is hinting at. He is a master of disguise, after all.
Everybody will be Don Paolo in disguise.At the same time. Even Don Paolo himself.
Maya will channel ClaireBecause Maya summons a dead person in every Ace Attorney game she appears in. If crossed over with the Professor Layton series...
The puzzles will have an "Object" buttonThe trailer says that "this time, the puzzles are filled with contradictions". Clearly this means that some of the puzzles will have no solution, and you'll have to object to these. There was even a sort of preview of this in Unwound Future with the unsolvable puzzle that Layton presents to Future Luke.
Gumshoe and Chelmey will have to work together
Chelmey: "These days, it seems like everyone and their mum thinks they can do my job."
Gumshoe: "You got that right, pal!"C'mon, you know it'd be awesome.
The ending will be dual sided
Maya can't summon in the new universe
There will be a NA Release.Come on! It will!!
The fact that the two franchises don't quite match up in style and tone will be an important plot point, possibly the key to the entire thing"The mystery is in the contradiction"...
Layton and Luke will get in on the ladder/step-ladder debatePossibly without Phoenix and Maya around to start it.
Don Paolo WON'T be Maya in disguise.He'll be Pearl instead.
Don Paolo will be somebody in disguise, but at least Layton will know itWhether he's a mildly helpful citizen, a judge or prosecutor, or even the storyteller himself he'll be working with the gang in order to get home/save the witch girl. Don Paolo's too prideful to come out and join with Layton on his own, so he'll do it as somebody else. When the Professor inevitably figures it out he will probably tell Luke and/or Phoenix.
Labyrinth City is a fake, and exists in both universes, which are sharedIn every Layton game, The Reveal flies in the face of everything known about the setting. I see no reason to believe this game shall be different.
Mahoney will encounter a wolf in storyJust look at how she's dressed. Though admittedly it could be that witch were said to wear red cloaks and travel through the forest to meet their familiars... HOLD IT!
This game takes place between Layton's prequel series and the original seriesWhy would Luke change his clothes into his more modern one from his prequel series one unless he grows up too much.
This game is gonna be a giant Mind ScrewMore so than any other Layton or Ace Attorney game combined.
The plane Phoenix and Maya ride is actually a portal to Labyrinth CityFrom the pictures shown recently, it's been stated that Phoenix and Maya are taking a trip to London for some reason. Who's in London? The Professor, of course. This would be ok if both franchises weren't set in completely different time periods. This Troper's guess is that the plane is Phoenix and Maya's ticket to Labyrinth City.
This is the new mystery Luke was talking about in his letter at the end of Unwound/Lost Future.What else could it be? It would certainly make sense. Whatever happens, it will be a Mind Screw.
This will cross over with Ghost Trick at some pointBecause there is a black cat with a handkerchief tied around its neck on the official box art. And we all know who that cat is, and what he can do...
Labyrinthia is actually The Neverending Story.
Arthur Cantabella was able to continue his relationship with the British government because of a precedent.Arthur had an alterior motive for his experiment. The government would have dumped him like yesterday's trash were it not for the fact that it already had a great ally in a brilliant man with unignorable eccentricities stemming from a traumatic experience. Guess who?
Layton and Carmine are a Bad Future Phoenix split into two people.Seeing as Layton is according to Word of God actually an expy of Phoenix (largely his good points) and Carmine makes up for what Layton lacks in terms of what Phoenix is like, perhaps they both come from a post-apocalyptic future where the Dark Age of the Law was victorious, and Phoenix made to go back in time, but an accident caused him to split into two people: an Italian Born Lucky Made of Iron Weirdness Magnet with a penchant for trouble who Drives Like Crazy, and an Actual Pacifist Quintessential British Gentleman and a Scholar Adventurer Archaeologist in a Nice Hat who maintained Phoenix's habit of Giving Someone the Pointer Finger.
Espella and Darklaw would've have black psyche locks if Phoenix used the Magatama on them.Think about this: They both suffered tragic events that clouded their memories. Everyone who've played the main Phoenix Wright games would know that black psyche locks represent secrets hidden deep within the heart, even if one's not aware of them. Athena Cykes of Ace Attorney Dual Destinies hid similar tragic memories into her heart without realizing it, and Phoenix managed to discover her black psyche locks and break them. It's also speculated that Miles Edgeworth also had black psyche locks that were broken by Phoenix even before he got the Magatama, potentially turning this into a Crowning Moment Of Awesome as well.
Barnham and Rouge are brother and sister.It's just an impression I got from how they talked about one another. Barnham knew without hesitation that Rogue would take in Phoenix, Luke, and Espella without question, which implies that he knows Rogue very, very well. They also clearly seem to trust each other implicitly, despite being seemingly on opposite ends of the spectrum (as in, she's, well, a rogue and he's a high member of the legal society). This, despite the fact that he doesn't seem all that fond of the outcasts and people he sees beneath him, and that she doesn't seem to like the Inquisitors much. Rogue also complies with Barnham's request without too many questions, though that may have less to do with being Barnham's sister and more to do with being a good person. They also physically resemble one another, since they have the same skintone and same red hair, a combination that is unique to them. Rouge is also one of the... what, two? people who calls Barnham by his given name (her and the parasol lady with the crush), and talks about him in a casual, familiar way (as though she sees much of him).
Both Layton and Ace Attorney take place in a post-apocalyptic, largely puzzle-less world.Long ago, before either game began, puzzles were how all problems were solved. There was no war, only puzzles. No feuds, only puzzles. No school, only puzzles. Puzzles calling the shots for anything and everything. Over time, people grew obsessed with puzzles. Puzzles tainted the minds and hearts of many like darkness. They became almost sentient. One day, a Great Puzzle was presented, and that was the start of the Great Puzzle War, as the many people of the world sought to be the first to solve the Great Puzzle. The Puzzle War was tragic, and many lives were tragically lost. It was the puzzle apocalypse. The leaders of the world joined together, desperate to save the citizens of the world, and it was agreed that puzzles, both the Great Puzzle and the everyday puzzles, held too great a force, and it was agreed that they would be sealed away in England. After all, they are the Stiff Upper Lip of the world; surely they could be saved from Puzzle Mania? And so it was for decades, the puzzles of the world buried somewhere deep in England, forgotten by the world. No record of this grand war was kept to prevent people from finding out about puzzles. Then, one day, the almighty power behind puzzles began to taint the minds of the English once more, making them obsessed, making them revive puzzles. The puzzles began to hide in their minds, making them think they, the people, created them, but in reality, the puzzles were written long, long ago. Puzzles are also why the people of the Professor Layton franchise are just so odd looking; the puzzles are behind that, too, like poison in the watermain. The craze only affects the English and those who stay in England for too long. It is also the puzzles who are truly behind each and every single plot of a Layton game, and all of it is one big plan to bring the world's most greatest logical minds, Phoenix Wright and Hershel Layton, together to solve the last, Great Puzzle. And that is why Nick and Maya had no idea what a puzzle was. Because of the Great Puzzle War. Where all puzzles were sealed away and trapped in England.
Barnham, before he came to Labyrinthia, was an old friend of Simon Blackquill'sSimon being from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies . Mostly because they both make the same sword puns and Blackquill is evidently English. Barnham's sword puns are residual memories of he and Blackquill playing as kids and training to be prosecutors. If the WMG that Barnham and Rogue are brother and sister is true, it would also be where Rogue got a few of her own traits from (such as shouting SILENCE while pointing a blade).