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AI: The Sominum Files - "This Is Your Idol" trailer

Ready for another weird one?

As you probably know by now, the trailers for AI: The Somnium Files bounce between funny and quirky to absolutely insane. Today's trailer does a great job of mixing all that into one. Even the video's description is weird, as it repeats the same line three times. Make of it what you will!

Good evening, good morning, and welcome! It's the brand-new star of the net world A-set, aka Tesa!
Good evening, good morning, and welcome! It's the brand-new star of the net world A-set, aka Tesa!
Good evening, good morning, and welcome! It's the brand-new star of the net world A-set, aka Tesa!

AI: The Somnium Files - Iris, Mizuki, and Ota character profiles

The Fab 4.5

Another wave of character profiles has been released for the upcoming AI: The Somnium Files. Check out info on Kaname Date, AI-Ball, Boss, and Pewter below. The characters in the image are in the order of their profile breakdown, read left to right.

Kaname Date (CV: Tarusuke Shingaki)

A police investigator belonging to the Advanced Brain Investigation Section (ABIS) division of the police. Using the PSYNC deviec, he can enter the minds of suspects and witnesses. Six years ago, he lost his left eye, which has now been replaced by the high-tech prosthetic AI-Ball.

AI-Ball (CV: Akari Kitou)

Kaname’s AI-equipped left eye, which manifests itself in the dream world via PSYNC as a young girl. In real life, it can move around independently of Date while looking like a small animal. AI-Ball is linked to Date’s consciousness.

Boss (CV: Yuuko Kaida)

The commander of ABIS, and Date’s superior. Date’s known her for a long time. She pretends to be a whimsical optimist who says something different every day… but she’s actually a cunning schemer.

Pewter (CV: Hiroki Gotou)

ABIS’ engineer and a genius mechanic, who helps control and adjust the PSYNC device. AI-Ball was also created by him, and her personality reflects his interests.

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES Website Live Today with New Characters and More Screenshots

This game just keeps getting weirder and weirder

LONG BEACH, CA, APRIL 17, 2019 —Spike Chunsoft is excited to release more news about its upcoming dectective adventure, AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES, with the launch of the official AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES website and more Somnium gameplay screenshots!

The website details the game’s story and characters and will be regularly updated with information about the game. Visit the site today to meet the first of many characters: Iris Sagan, Mizuki Okiura, Ota Matsushita, and others.

Preorder the standard edition or the North American exclusive Special Agent Edition today from your local retailer!

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES Special Agent Edition – $89.99

A-set Acrylic Stand – Approx. 6 inches tall
Outer Box – Original Artwork by character designer 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
AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES for Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4

ABOUT AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES

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.

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...

AI: The Somnium Files' Japanese cover art revealed, plus first-print bonus and Amazon Japan preorder item

Two great reasons to buy early

Preorders for AI: The Somnium Files kicked off today in Japan, which gives us a look at a few different items. First up, we get to see the game's final cover art, which is pretty striking. Next to that, we learned that those who grab the first-print run will get a special soundtrack ~REVERIES IN THE RaiN~ along with their purchase. Finally, those who preorder via Amazon Japan will get a bonus Switch cleaning cloth.

AI: The Sominum Files gets a new batch of screens and art, plus info on Somnium Parts and ABIS members

We're finally getting gameplay info!

Check out more screens here

Finally, some solid details on AI: The Somnium Files! This is our first retail info-dump on the game, which gives us a ton of details on both the Somnium aspects of the game, and the ABIS members you'll see throughout the story. Check out the breakdown below.

■ Somnium Parts

The player takes on the role of a detective in a special section of the police department, who is on the case of a mysterious serial killer. While back and forth between “Investigation Parts,” which are set in the real world, and “Somnium Parts,” which are set in the dream worlds of suspects, the facts behind the case will gradually come to light.

In the dream world-set Somnium Parts, the goal is to search for clues to the investigation in the suspect’s dreams. To find clues, you must solve the “Mental Locks” blocking the way, and sink deeper into the suspect’s “subconscious” to find the truth.

Point 1. Psync Device: A Device That Allows You to Enter Dream Worlds

By setting the target person and yourself, then booting up the device, Psync allows you to enter the target person’s dreams (brain).

Point 2. Solve the Puzzles in Somnium within Six Minutes

You will only have six minutes in the target person’s dream world. You must solve the puzzles before their mind collapses.

—In order to save Mizuki, a girl who lost her voice due the shock of an incident, you must enter her dreams with the Psync device.

Point 3. Mental Lock

There are several Mental Locks, or obstacles that block the target person from recalling clues to the investigation, that you must overcome. Solve all of the Mental Locks in order to obtain the clues.

During Somnium Parts, you will examine objects of interest, then choose an action for that object. However, each choice takes up a certain amount of time, so you must make decisions carefully in order to accomplish your goal within the six-minute time limit.

Point 4. Multiple Endings Determined by Route

The story of AI: The Somnium Files has multiple endings. There are a large number of branching routes, and the end of the story is completely different for each route. Only by clearing each route and seeing everything from multiple points of view will you be able to get the full picture of the case.

For example:

—If you heal Mizuki’s loss of speech…
—You will be able to get new evidence!
—But if you are unable to heal Mizuki…
—Iris will end up in danger?

For Somnium Parts, the world is completely different for each target you investigate.

■ Characters

An introduction to the members of “ABIS,” a special section of the metropolitan police department.

Kaname Date (voiced by Tarusuke Shingaki)

A police officer of ABIS, the Advanced Brain Investigation Section of the metropolitan police department. Using the Psync device, he has the power to slip into the memories of suspects and key witnesses. Six years prior to the events of the game, he lost his left eye, and in its place now has an artificial eye (AI-Ball) equipped with an advanced artificial intelligence.

Aibo (Official Name: AI-Ball) (voiced by Akari Kitou)

While Aibo is usually in Date’s left eye, it leaves his eye and moves around at places such as his home. When entering dreams using the Psync device, it takes on the form of a lovely girl. As it is linked with Date’s consciousness and brain, it acts as Date’s avatar in the dream worlds.

Boss (voiced by Yuuko Kaida)

Date’s superior and commander of ABIS. She and Date are old friends. While she pretends to be an easy-going optimist whose comments change from day to day… she is actually a cunning tactician.

Pewter (voiced by Hiroki Gotou)

An ABIS engineer and genius mechanic. He handles control and regulations for the Psync device. As Pewter is the creator of Aibo, her personality reflects his own tastes.

Somnium Revealed In Latest AI: The Somnium Files A-set YouTube Video

It was all just a dream

—Spike Chunsoft’s net idol A-set traveled into the world of dreams in her weekly YouTube video, which teases gameplay from AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES. Gameplay details are listed below.

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES – Somnium

The Somnium part of gameplay takes place in the world of dreams. Here you must enter the dreams of a person of interest to find clues for the investigation.

• Mental Locks – To find clues, you must solve the mental locks blocking the way. Sink deeper into a person’s subconscious to find the truth!

• 6 Minute Time Limit – You only have 6 minutes in Somnium to interact with the environment. You will have a variety of items to investigate, but time is spent whenever an action is performed, so choose wisely.

The game launches on July 25 for PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch TM, and Steam®! Preorder the standard edition or the North American exclusive Special Agent Edition today from your local retailer!

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...

AI: The Sominum Files' assistant director shares a bit more insight on gameplay mechanics

It's all about dreams

Even if it doesn't make sense yet, we've seen a ton of storyline content for AI: The Somnium Files. What we haven't seen is how you actually play the game. This isn't just a straightforward visual novel. While we still wait for those specifics, assistant director teased some ideas.

There are a couple keywords for this game, memories and dreams. You get to watch people in their dreams and get to learn people’s types of loves. If someone is having a different kind of heartwarming love you can look at it in their dreams from their memories. Those are integrated together.

AI: The Somnium Files - "Sneaking Into ABIS" trailer

Now we're getting somewhere

Good evening, good morning, and welcome! Today is a documentary episode. Uchi and I did a little investigating on a special unit from the Metropolitan Police Department... We're not doing anything wrong! It's for a good cause!

AI: The Somnium Files - Iris, Mizuki, and Ota character profiles

3 poor souls caught up in this twisted mess

Along with the earlier screenshots and art for AI: The Somnium Files, we have character profiles for the three characters above. The profiles match up with the lineup above, when reading left to right.

Iris Sagan: a 18 year-old high-school girl, and a net idol. A really cheerfuly and bright girl, who is really curious about scary things. She’s become quite famous on the internet as A-set, a net idol. Her nickname is Tessa.

Mizuki Okiura: a 12 year-old elementary school student. She lives with the protagonist, who happens to a friend of her father.

Ota Matsushita: a 24 years-old NEET, who’s really into net idols. A huge fan of Iris. He’s got issues socializing. He aims to become a writer.

AI: The Somnium Files - another round of screens

Check out more here

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.