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Konami Announces North American Release for Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights

by James Jones - February 18, 2011, 10:44 am EST
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

The 3DS puzzle/adventure game is scheduled for a summer release.

Konami officially confirmed their plans to localize their upcoming Nintendo 3DS title, Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights for North America. Scheduled for a summer 2011 release, Doctor Lautrec gives players control of the titular doctor as he moves around Paris of the late 1800s, solving both puzzles and mysteries via the application of logic.

The graphic adventure/puzzle title, which strongly resembles Level-5's Professor Layton series, uses the 3D effect of the new handheld to give the player the opportunity to examine puzzles from all sides. The game will also allow the player to zoom in on aspects of the scenery that may serve as landmarks along the a mysterious map that Lautrec and his assistant Sophie are following in the hopes of finding the lost jewels of the French monarchs.

Konami Announces Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights for Nintendo 3DS

All new puzzle adventure game ushers in a new wave of gameplay on the revolutionary Nintendo 3DS.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights a new puzzle-based adventure game set, for the new Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system.

Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights takes place in 19th century Paris and revolves around a wily and aloof archaeologist named Jean-Pierre Lautrec. His love of history and unorthodox attitude keep him busy as a spelunker, searching for "living treasures" throughout Paris' underground. Upon stumbling on an old and mysterious map, Dr. Lautrec and his assistant Sophie traverse the peaks and valleys of old world Paris in search of hidden treasures and jewels believed to be those of Louis XIV, of one of the most storied dynasties ever to rule.

Players steer Lautrec through the game, using reasoning, logic and a keen eye to decipher riddles, solve object-related puzzles and work out the puzzle at the very heart of the map. Thanks to the power of the Nintendo 3DS, the game makes full use of the system's added dimension to add 3D solutions to key puzzles, including the ability to scrutinize located objects from all directions, or zoom in to highlight a piece of scenery that matches something on the map. Similarly, the linking scenes are also viewed in stunning 3D, with the cartoon links brought to vivid life.

Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights offers hours of puzzling and exploration, with a rich cast of supporting characters on hand to both assist and hinder Lautrec's quest. As the Doctor and Sophie search for clues, rival Professors will attempt to sabotage his mission, while an elegant scholar is revealed to be a member of a notorious crime gang. And, even then, that's just the start of the many perils that Lautrec and Sophie find themselves facing…

Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is scheduled to be released for Nintendo 3DS in Summer 2011. Look for more information soon at www.konami.com/doctorlautrec



Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)February 18, 2011

"Strongly resembles" might even be an understatement. I read a magazine preview of Lautrec today and the level of similarity is staggering. This is Layton in just about every possible way - a genius and his assistant, old-fashioned French aesthetic, mysterious plot, animé cut scenes, puzzle gameplay... everything. Not necessarily saying that's a bad thing, but it's going to have to work very hard to stand on par with or above Level 5's series.

Laurtec is actually a DOCTOR of archaeology. Layton is a PROFESSOR. It's totally different.

I don't want to editorialize in news (downloads don't count) so I didn't go into too much detail about the similarities. However, Konami is smart to get this out when they are. North America won't get Mask of Miracle this year, so we won't have a 3DS Layton. This game will be compared to a DS title instead. In Japan it's a whole different, and less advantageous, situation.

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