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UPDATE: Level-5 PR has sent out a press release confirming that Lady Layton will head west next year, as well as some new details regarding the gameplay and a localized name for the heroine! Check it out –

As one of LEVEL-5’s masterpieces, the PROFESSOR LAYTON series of puzzle adventure games has sold more than 15.5 million units worldwide to date. Its newest official sequel, Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy — available on Nintendo 3DS/Android/iOS — was announced to be released in Spring 2017 in Japan. Not only will the main character switch from ‘Professor Layton’ (Hershel Layton) to ‘Kat’ (Katrielle Layton), many of its characters will be brand new. The story will focus less on dynamic problem-solving and more on solving multiple mystery cases observed in the everyday lives of Londoners, which will bring a faster tempo and more comical tone to the series. It will be more familiar — and funnier — than ever, while maintaining an adventurous quality. The creators of the puzzles and brain-teasers, the core element of the series, will also be new. Please look forward to the new PROFESSOR LAYTON series, targeting a Western release in 2017.

The latest chapter in the Layton series has been revealed at Level-5 Vision 2016, and while there’s no sign of the gentlemanly professor himself, his daughter Katrielle will be at the forefront of this puzzling adventure.

From what bits of gameplay were shown there’ll be plenty of traditional puzzles to solve, though the real star of the debut trailer was the new heroine and the world and characters around her. The visual style of these games have always impressed and Lady Layton looks to keep that production standard in full effect. London looks as charming as ever and with a faithful (talking?) dog along for the ride it’s set to be both fun and endearing if it manages to stay in line with its predecessors.

Expect more details, including on a potential American release, at some point in the future. For now, enjoy the animated preview at the start of the Layton Detective Agency. The game will be out for the 3DS, as well as iOS and Android, in Spring 2017.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.