Professor Layton’s New Switch Game Is Also Bringing Back Luke
Professor Layton is making his grand return to Nintendo consoles in Professor Layton and the New World of Steam, and Level 5 has revealed that his trusty assistant, Luke Triton, is coming back too.
Level 5 recently released a new trailer for the upcoming detective puzzle game that greatly expands upon the short announcement teaser from last month’s Nintendo Direct.
The trailer begins with a voiceover from Luke, who’s writing a letter to Professor Layton. The trailer reveals that it’s been one year since Luke parted ways with Layton at the end of 2010’s Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, and that he’s settled into his new life in America.
Luke is writing to the Professor because of something “deeply puzzling” that’s “tailor made for Professor Layton and his apprentice.” The trailer then shows Layton flying to a very steampunk inspired town called Steam Bison to reunite with Luke.
The dynamic between Professor and apprentice might be slightly different in The New World of Steam, as Luke has started to make a name for himself in America, while Layton is just an anonymous gentleman.
Professor Layton and the New World of Steam is the tenth entry in the Layton franchise, and the eighth starring Hershel Layton himself. We haven’t seen the good professor in a starring role since 2014’s crossover with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
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The last proper Layton game was Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, which was a 3DS release in 2017 and a Switch port in 2019. We’re still waiting to hear a release date for Professor Layton and the New World of Steam.
After years of absence from the western market, Level 5 came back in a big way in the latest Nintendo Direct, revealing Professor Layton, a Fantasy Life sequel, and new IP Decapolice. The company is also working on new Inazuma Eleven and Megaton Musashi titles.
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