Fifth Professor Layton game announced

Miracle Mask due in Japan autumn 2010.

Level-5 has announced the fifth game in its wildly successful series of Professor Layton puzzle adventures. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will slot into Japanese DS consoles in autumn next year.

The announcement was made at a launch event for fourth game Professor Layton and the Devil's Flute, according to Andriasang. Europe and North America have yet to receive the third instlament, The Last Time Travel, but initial sequelPandora's Box came out earlier this year.

Miracle Mask is set in a magical town called Casino City which was created by the wish-granting Mask of the title. Level-5 showed artwork depicting a night-time circus parade with a giant inflatable clown. According to Famitsu, there will be significant changes to the game's systems.

If there was any doubt about Layton's popularity in Japan - a spin-off animated movie is due in December - Level-5 also hinted at a second movie and announced a promotion with McDonald's which would see exclusive puzzles available for download in the fast-food chain.

The series has sold almost eight million copies worldwide.

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