Back in July, during the Anime Expo 2018, Spike-Chunsoft announced AI: The Somnium Files, the latest game from Kotaro Uchikoshi (known for the Zero Escape series, among others). And yesterday, during a conference at the Game Developers Conference 2019, the company finally shared some more news about the game after several months of near complete silence, and weeks of ARG-like promo stunts on social media (via the mysterious videos from A-set).
First, here’s the latest trailer for the game (English and Japanese versions):
AI: The Somnium Files will be released on July 25th worldwide (Europe, North America, and Japan). In North America, the game will get two editions:
- Limited Edition, called Special Agent Edition.
The Special Agent Edition is only available in North America, costs $89.99, and includes the following:
- A-set Acrylic Stand – Approx. 6 inches tall
- Outer Box – Original Artwork by character design Yusuke Kozaki
- THOUGHTS REMaiN BELOW Artbook – 30+ pages of sketches and concept art
- REVERIES IN THE RaiN Soundtrack
- A-set’s #1 Fan Stickers – 3 vinyl stickers
Next, here’s some more details about the game:
The mind never lies…
In a near-future Tokyo, detective Kaname Date is on the case of a mysterious serial killer. Date must investigate crime scenes as well as dreams on the hunt for clues. From the mind of Kotaro Uchikoshi (Zero Escape series director), with character design by the Yusuke Kozaki (NO MORE HEROES, Fire Emblem series), a thrilling neo-noir detective adventure is about to unfold.
Spike-Chunsoft also shared some details about the story:
One rainy night in November, a woman’s body is found at an abandoned theme park, mounted on a merry-go-round horse. She had been stabbed repeatedly, and her left eye was gouged out.
Kaname Date of the Metropolitan Police Department arrives on the scene. He recognizes the woman. Suddenly, he hears a noise from inside the merry-go-round.
He breaks into the merry-go-round’s central column to find a young girl. And in her
hands, she grips a bloody ice pick…
Finally, here’s some more screenshots for the game:
AI: The Somnium Files (Switch) comes out on July 25th worldwide. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!
Source: Spike-Chunsoft PR / Spike-Chunsoft (Twitter)