Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies was announced for a western release earlier this week, however, it came with the note that it will be exclusively available through the Nintendo 3DS eShop. This has left some fans feeling a little cheated about there being no boxed copy.
Senior VP Christian Svensson has taken to the Capcom forums to explain the publisher’s decision to go down the digital only route.
“I do understand the values of having a game box on a shelf or in a crates (as someone who still has had many, many crates full of them). There’s a feeling there. However, it is a sign of the times that increasingly our business is going digital and not everything is going to be in both formats,” he said.
“Not every game is appropriate for both formats given the economics involved. This is similar to Darkstalkers Resurrection or RE4 HD or Okami HD being physical in Japan, but digital in the West. Their COGS (costs of goods sold) and retail margins and reserve issues are entirely different there given the market differences. It’s a sad fact, but it’s still a fact.”
Svensson concluded by saying, “We worked very hard to ensure a Western release on this title. If we’d said “no, it’s not coming”, it would have triggered the inevitable “please bring it to eshop, at least” cries. Instead we shortcutted that and brought it straight to eShop.”