The fifth installment in the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series is set to see only a digital release outside of Japan. The reason for this is due to the lack of sales for the series. Simply put, not enough people were buying the games. Ace Attorney producer Motohide Eshiro commented on Capcom's decision about a digital only release.
“The reason we are releasing the game as digital only is not primarily due to a lack of retail support. One of the main reasons we went for a digital version is it will be more convenient for the users. We felt that if someone will be interested in Dual Destinies they will want to get it right away, and if we offer a digital version, instead of going to a store however many miles away, they can just download it directly to their 3DS.”
He also mentioned that by making this a digital only release would mean that the English version would come out sooner. Fans were displeased about a digital only released but hey, at least we're getting the game. I hope they decide to do the same with Ace Attorney Investigations 2. I've played all the Ace Attorney games except AAI2 and it's left in my objecting heart.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies comes out in fall of this year for 3DS on the Nintendo eShop.