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The director of the Zero Escape series, Kotaro Uchikoshi, has revealed his new upcoming murder mystery game, AI: The Somnium Files.

Speaking at Spike Chunsoft’s Anime Expo 2018 panel, Uchikoshi shared some details for the game, including the trailer below:

The game begins with a gruesome murder: a body is discovered with its eye gouged out. Enter Kaname Date, the detective you play as, who happens to have a cybernetic eye, and is on the killer’s trail. It sounds a bit like someone is committing the crime to taunt Date, what with his eye being prosthetic and all.

The eye isn’t merely ornamental however; Date can use his cybernetic eye to examine the memories of people he comes across – witnesses and suspects – and he sees these as surreal dreamscapes.

It sounds like a wonderful twist on Psychonauts and Persona, with a bit of Observer thrown in for good measure. It also sheds some light on the game’s eccentric title – ‘somnium’ is Latin for ‘dream.’

The official blurb is minimal, but reveals the platforms for the game:

“Kotaro Uchikoshi’s latest project is revealed! AI: The Somnium Files comes to the PlayStation 4, Steam, and Nintendo Switch.”

No release date yet, then, but one to look out for.


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