DeNA, one of Japan's largest social games creators, is collaborating with Layton developer Level-5 in an effort to take the sleuthing professor in a new direction: social gaming. Professor Layton Royale is coming to Japanese mobile phones later this year.
The partnership between Level-5 and DeNA was just announced, and Professor Layton Royale represents their very first collaborative effort. The social game, which is being developed for a fall release on DeNA's popular Mobage mobile portal, will let players choose between being a detective, thief or a citizen.
Billed as a "reasoning RPG," Royale is a crossover between Layton and Mobage's popular Kaito Royale series. More details to come, but unfortunately the odds remain against this eventually making its way to North America. Still, never say never.