Professor Layton Series’ Latest Game Has A Western Release Date, But Not For 3DS

by Nathan Birch

Time to dust off your top hat and tune up your puzzle-solving skills, because Professor Layton is finally returning after a rather long layoff. Or, at least, his daughter is.

The latest Layton game, originally called Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy, has been re-titled Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and The Millionaire’s Conspiracy by developer Level-5. I kind of like the original title more, but hey, that’s just me.

As mentioned, the new game will star Professor Layton’s daughter Katrielle, a freelance detective who solves assorted mysteries around London with her talking Basset Hound named Sharo. I don’t know whether Katrielle is a Professor like her dad, but it seems unlikely, since they took the word out of the title.

In another change, Layton’s Mystery Journey will be coming out on iOS, Android, and 3DS (as opposed to just 3DS). Oh, and the mobile versions will be coming out first, with Layton’s Mystery Journey launching worldwide on iOS and Android in July. So, where does that leave the 3DS version? According to the most recent Nintendo Direct, the game also comes out on 3DS in July in Japan, but Western puzzle fans will have to wait a little longer. Nintendo of America hasn’t announced a release date yet, but you have to imagine a holiday 2017 release is likely.

The mobile and 3DS versions of Layton’s Mystery Journey will be largely identical, featuring similar puzzles and the same storyline, but the mobile version will have some form of microtransactions. Level-5 promises you can play through the latest Layton without purchasing any microtransactions, but those who want to keep things purely traditional may want to hold out for the 3DS version.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and The Millionaire’s Conspiracy arrives on iOS and Android on July 20.

[via Gematsu]