Today, Konami announced the development of a new Nintendo 3DS title called Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights. Tell me if this puzzle-based adventure title sounds at all familiar: Jean-Pierre Lautrec is an archeologist in 19th century Paris who, with his young assistant Sophie, searches for the answers to ancient secrets by solving logic puzzles and riddles while surrounded by a colorful cast of supporting characters.
Professor Layton and the Forgotten Sorry, Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is due out this summer, so it'll be out long before Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright ever wings its way to American 3DSes. Although to be fair, while the set-up and even the art style are certainly um, very reminiscent of the Professor Layton series (for crying out loud, look at the guy's coat and hat!), that's not to say Doctor Lautrec can't also be a perfectly good game in and of itself. We'll just have to wait and see. It does appear to be more of a traditional adventure game, with puzzles that are more integrated into the world, and focused more on treasure hunting. There's a single-player Story Mode, and also a Treasure Hunt Mode where you can play with or against up to four people. Also, additional Treasure Hunting Missions will be made available as DLC. So there's that!