Layton 7 coming to 3DS and mobile, conspicuously missing Layton

Level-5 has announced Layton 7, a role-playing game that has you control various people in a small town. It's coming to 3DS, along with iOS and Android devices.

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Professor Layton's next puzzle-obsessed adventure won't be restricted to a Nintendo handheld, and will mark a new direction for the series. Layton 7, as it's being called, is a role-playing game coming to 3DS, as well as iOS and Android devices.

A post on NeoGAF summarizing Level-5's Vision 2013 conference, explains that this Layton game will have you controlling various characters in a (very literally) small town. Famitsu also shared some art and screenshots, with nary an English professor in sight.

The Layton brand has been used on mobile devices before, when earlier this year Level-5 launched Layton Brothers: Mystery Room. That game also had little resemblance to the traditional Layton games, instead structuring itself more around crime scene investigation similar to the Phoenix Wright series.

It also had very little mention of Layton himself, aside from passing mentions. But the good professor isn't entirely absent from Level-5's plans, as the company has already announced Azran Legacy and his Ace Attorney crossover are coming to North America.

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    August 26, 2013 8:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Layton 7 coming to 3DS and mobile, conspicuously missing Layton.

    Level-5 has announced Layton 7, a role-playing game that has you control various people in a small town. It's coming to 3DS, along with iOS and Android devices.

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      August 26, 2013 8:45 AM

      hope they don't pull a Dragon's Quest 9 and have you create a character as the main protagonist.

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        August 26, 2013 9:11 AM

        That is kinda Dragon Quest's thing. Hardly started with 9.

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          August 26, 2013 9:38 AM

          only it did. I've played every DQ from 4-9 and in 4-8 you are given a character integral to the story, you don't get to create your own character, look, etc. The main character in 9 suffered because it was meant to be a blank slate.

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            August 26, 2013 10:44 AM

            The main character in most DQ games is functionally a blank slate, even if you don't create them. Also, it started in DQ3. 3 and 9 are the only ones, though.

            But really, did you think DQ4-8 had compelling main characters? Because I struggle to think of a personality trait for any save maybe DQ5.

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            August 26, 2013 11:22 AM

            DQ3 was very similar. And is my favorite if the series, so perhaps I weighted it a bit heavily.

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      August 26, 2013 9:14 AM

      As long as it isn't his hipster son or whoever the F that was, I'm fine. I like the style of whats going on in that image too.