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What you didn't know! Professor Layton and The New World of Steam

Updated: Feb 4

Professor Layton and the New World of Steam comes out in 2025 on Nintendo Switch, Level 5 has announced. The game's official website is now updated with the new release window, alongside a brand new trailer showing off the hotly anticipated adventure. Preview on

The anticipation for another true Professor Layton installment has been arduous. Since the initial DS trilogy stole our hearts, subsequent prequels maintained our affection, despite the adjustment to 3D art. Yet, it's been a decade since Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy in 2013. While Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy made its way to the Switch in 2019, it felt more like a spinoff, lacking Hershel, Luke, and the depth of puzzle intrigue. Fans yearn for the return of the beloved main storyline.

Thankfully, the prolonged wait is nearing its end (well, almost). Professor Layton and the New World of Steam was unexpectedly unveiled during the February Nintendo Direct, accompanied by a brief teaser. Further insights were shared during Level-5's Vision 2023 presentations, offering a glimpse into the game's content and, crucially, its anticipated release window.

What is the release date for Professor Layton and the New World of Steam

Take a moment. Level-5 unveils Layton's upcoming journey slated for a 2025 release. Studio head Akihiro Hino shared during the Vision 2023 November Showcase that all puzzles are finalized and production moves forward seamlessly.

Will it release outside Japan?

Absolutely! Following Level-5's 2020 announcement limiting major game releases to Japan, concerns arose about this title. However, the Vision 2023 showcase assured us: Professor Layton and the New World of Steam is set for an international launch.

Where does it sit in the Layton timeline?

In the timeline of the mainline Layton franchise, this stands as the most recent title. It unfolds a year after Professor Layton and the Lost Future, picking up from Luke's letter in the post-credits scene. It predates Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy by several years.

What's it about?

As speculated, the "New World" in the title refers to America, where Hershel Layton journeys to reunite with Luke. Set in Steam Bison, a city known for its advanced steam technology, the game promises a rich backdrop. While the central mystery remains elusive, hints suggest a possible murder investigation, a theme familiar to the series. The trailer hints at a unique gameplay mechanic tied to puzzle-solving, potentially shaping the city's development. Interestingly, Layton's status as a renowned detective in London fades, possibly paving the way for "Detective Luke" to shine in this latest adventure.

Will it have the same voice cast?

Partially (in Japan at least). We know that Yo Oizumi will be returning to voice Hershel Layton once again in the Japanese recording, while Mio Imada will be taking on the role of Luke Triton.

The Western voice cast has not been announced just yet.

Is it releasing on Switch?

As far as our information goes, yes, it is. While the game was first revealed for Switch, the 2025 release date prompts speculation about potential availability on Nintendo's future console. It's plausible for this to be a cross-generational release, especially if the "Switch 2" debuts by then. However, exclusive release on outdated hardware seems improbable.

Is Katrielle going to appear?

Considering the game occurs about four years before Katrielle's birth, her appearance seems improbable. Nevertheless, in the Layton series, the concept of time travel always looms as a potential narrative twist.

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Hershel Layton, Professor of Archeology at Gressenheller University. On the side, as an authority on riddles, he has worked with Luke to unravel mysteries all around the world. Since Luke has left for America, he has been acting on his own.

Luke Triton, Professor Layton's self-proclaimed first apprentice. Due to family reasons, he is living in the United States. His love of riddles remains unchanged, and thanks to his innate creativity, he keeps solving everyday mysteries around town. He has gained some popularity as "Detective Luke".

Final Thoughts

 "Professor Layton and The New World of Steam" emerges as a highly anticipated addition to the beloved franchise. With its intriguing setting in Steam Bison, promising advancements in steam technology, and the reunion of Layton and Luke across the Atlantic, fans are eager for the unraveling of yet another captivating mystery. While details about the central plot and gameplay mechanics remain shrouded in mystery, the prospect of exploring a new chapter in the Layton universe fills enthusiasts with anticipation. As we await its release, the prospect of delving into the depths of this new adventure ignites excitement and curiosity among fans worldwide.

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