Spike Chunsoft, Inc. Reveals New Story Trailer and Release Date For AI: The Somnium Files - Nirvana Initiative

Sequel to the Hit Detective Adventure Game Coming on June 24, 2022

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (January 27, 2022) - Spike Chunsoft, Inc. today unveiled a new story trailer for AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative, and announced a release date. The game will be available for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam® on June 24, 2022, in North America and Europe.

Watch the story trailer now on the official Spike Chunsoft, Inc. YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/isYEhEMpHfk

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative scenario writer Kōtarō Uchikoshi has shared some thoughts on the new story.

The themes of the new story.
Two is one. Two opposites is the main theme of the game. For example, Yin and Yang, man and woman, double helix... Love and hate could also be one of them. The title "AI" also means "love" in Japanese. Similar to the previous work, this game will involve various types of love. Familial love, love for the opposite sex, and love that is not bound by any framework. In addition, this work will dive into the opposite of love, hatred. A love-hate mystery that begins with half of a corpse. I hope you enjoy.

Having two protagonists in the game.
From the above-mentioned theme, it was decided in the early stages that the game would have dual protagonists, and Mizuki would be one of them... She was the most popular character from the previous title, and personally, I wanted to write about her growth...

Well, what about the other protagonist? Obviously, at first, I thought of Date, the protagonist of the previous game. However, if the story was about Date and Mizuki, the flavor lingering from the last title would become too strong, and it might be too hard for new players to follow... So, by interweaving an existing character and a new character, anyone can enter this fictional world.

Whether the hero from the first game Kaname Date will appear.
He will of course appear. Not as a minor appearance, but as a character who plays an important role... So, Date fans, never fear! This sequel will feature an even cooler (or less cool) Date, so please look forward to that.

A message for fans.
First, to the fans of AI1. Mizuki will have a huge role in this sequel. Iris, Ota, Mama, and Moma will of course reappear as well, and the energy of the previous title is still alive and well. If you liked AI1, then you'll for sure be satisfied with the sequel. It was thanks to the fans that the sequel was able to be made. Thank you so much!

To fans of visual novels. This is a title that condenses the real thrill of visual novels. This game even has Somnium, where you can control the characters to navigate inside a dream (and other parts that we can't say yet). The Somnium parts have powered up one level from the previous title! It's extremely interesting, so absolutely check it out!

Lastly, to the Uchikoshi fans. Thank you for waiting. It's a new work. This work, even compared to the previous title, has elements that will stimulate your critical thinking. Zero Escape fans will definitely love it. It is also a work I am proud of in the mystery adventure genre. One mystery calls for another mystery. You're sure to get wound up in the storm of twists!

About AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative
Six years ago, the right half of a corpse was discovered. The left half was never found…until six years later, completely fresh with no signs of decay. Now, Special Agents Mizuki and Ryuki, along with their AI partners Aiba and Tama, are tasked to solve the bizarre Half Body serial killings while unveiling the mysterious plot known only as the Nirvana Initiative…

About Kōtarō Uchikoshi
Kōtarō Uchikoshi is known for creating original scenarios for many games including the Infinity series of visual novels, and Zero Escape games. He has also been involved in a wide range of projects, from penning the original script for the anime Punch Line, to planning and crafting the real-world escape room game The Pop Star's Room of Doom. The award-winning writer has been highly praised outside of his native Japan, and has delivered lectures on numerous occasions.
Players can pre-order AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative now. For details visit: https://www.spike-chunsoft.com/games/ai-the-somnium-files-nirvana-initiative/

Physical versions published in European regions by Numskull Games.

Standard Edition

Collector's Edition

  • AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative physical game
  • Exclusive Good Smile Company POP UP PARADE ~170mm PVC figure of the beautiful AI-Ball "Aiba"
  • SECRET OF THE WORLD: THE DEFIniTIVE ART BOOK featuring concept art and illustrations by Yūsuke Kozaki
  • HARMOniOUS DISCORD official soundtrack by returning composer Keisuke Ito

Game Specifications

TITLE AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative
RELEASE DATE June 24, 2022
PLATFORM Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows 10*, Steam* (*download version only)
MSRP Standard Edition: $59.99 | Collector's Edition: $119.99
PLAYERS 1 player
GENRE Detective Adventure
WEBSITE Official site
ESRB RATING Rating Pending
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