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The new Professor Layton and Fantasy Life games are for smartphones

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Level-5 will release the next games in the Professor Layton and Fantasy Life series for Android and iOS smartphones, the company announced at its Level-5 Vision 2015 event this week. Layton 7 and Fantasy Life 2 will both be released for mobile platforms in Japan this summer.

Layton 7 was originally slated for release on Nintendo 3DS and smartphones, but Level-5 doesn't make mention of the 3DS version on the game's official website.

Level-5's new Layton game appears to be a pretty substantial deviation from other games in the series; using skills and reasoning, players will have to determine which member of a group of characters is secretly a vampire in disguise. The concept for the card-based game sounds similar to classic reasoning game Mafia, also known as Werewolf.

Fantasy Life 2 will take the series from Nintendo 3DS to smartphones, where players will once again take on one of 12 lives available to pursue. The focus in Fantasy Life 2 appears to be more on building up a village, collecting villagers and playing with up to 3 other players.

For more on the original Fantasy Liferead Polygon's review.

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