Thursday, February 28, 2013

Deleted Content: Professor Layton Vs Ace Attorney (Spoiler Free)

Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney was released a few months ago in Japan.  As per the norm, an art book was released which revealed that early in development, Phoenix and Layton were to have an evil counterpart.  This was apparently scrapped,

It's interesting to think about their evil counterparts.  What would they be like?  How would they be adapted into the story?

Phoenix already a bit of an evil counterpart in "Furio Tigre" and Layton had one on "Don Paolo" but neither of these were quite a counterpart.  Don Paolo was shown to have some good in him several times while Furio Tigre was more intimidating then a portent of what Phoenix could be.

The idea of an evil counterpart, especially one towards Professor Layton, is rather interesting.  Phoenix has very few faults (to the point he is noted in a few supplementary materials as bland) and Level-5 stated that Layton is just like Phoenix, but with no faults. 

Admittedly, it may be why the designs were scrapped, but it's interesting to think what they could be. Would Evil Layton be a jerk obsessed with coffee? (Though that does sound a lot like Godot) Would Evil Phoenix be motivated for himself rather than his client? Or would he be a prosecutor? 

Shadow archetypes are always a tricky game to play.  Silent Hill tends to play it pretty well, you often have to face your Shadows to move on in the game.  Other times, they tend to fall flat.  I can't name any off the top of my head, but everyone has dealt with a fictional work with their own take on Shadow Archetypes.

So, sadly, these sketches are what can not be.  Which really is a pity, they look gorgeous.  As are the attempts at Miles and Larry, Labyrinth City style, below.

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