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Level-5 Details Future Layton Plans

by Andy Goergen - November 25, 2009, 10:14 am PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Andriasang

A new game, a new promotion, and potentially a new movie are headed to Japan.

At the Professor Layton and the Devil's Flute premier event in Japan, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino provided details on the future of the Professor Layton franchise. The next game in the franchise will be called "Kiseki no Kamen," or "Miracle Mask." There were also hints given about a future movie in the franchise to follow the first movie, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, releasing in Japan this December.

Professor Layton and the Devil's Flute represents a "second season" in the Layton series, and Miracle Mask would be the second game in that season. Hino stated that a follow-up movie to Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva would be coming before a third game in the new season would be released, if it were to be made.

Also announced was a major promotional tie-in with McDonalds. Customers will soon be able to bring their DS to participating McDonalds and download three original puzzles, view art from Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, and take a Professor Layton-themed quiz. This promotion will run for twenty days, starting January 8. A copy of Professor Layton and the Devil's Flute is required for these additional puzzles.

No release date for future Layton titles in North America has been announced. Currently, North America has two of the four existing Professor Layton games available in Japan. Also, no release date for Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva in North America has been announced.

Talkback

Mop it upNovember 25, 2009

Any plans for a Wii version? No? Too bad...

KDR_11kNovember 25, 2009

That's one series where we don't have to worry that there won't be a European release (according to VGChartz Curious Village sold as much in the "Other" region as in America and Japan combined)

Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)November 25, 2009

Indeed, and early figures indicate that Pandora's Box may be a similar success story. It's been one of a select few games to have received the prime time TV treatment this Christmas here in the UK. Plus, as far as I'm aware, it is still in the top 10 of the All Formats chart in most European countries.

Still though, the rest of the world may be too far behind for the second trilogy. I'm expecting the first trio to make their way to the West just fine, but by the time the third instalment (The Final Time Travel) is localised, which judging by the current rate of release for the series could be quite a while, we might be onto the next handheld system. Whether Level 5 sees any fruits in their labour to bring over another three Professor Layton games even after that point... remains to be seen.

GearBoxClockNovember 25, 2009

Professah! I think I've Gotit!

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