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AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
Release Date: June 24, 2022 (US), July 8, 2022 (EU)

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'AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative' Delayed In Europe Until July

by Rainier on May 9, 2022 @ 1:19 p.m. PDT

AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative is a detective adventure by Zero Escape series Director/Scenario Writer Kotaro Uchikoshi.

Six years ago, the right half of a corpse was discovered under mysterious circumstances. The left half was never found...until six years later, when it was discovered completely fresh with no signs of decay, as though the victim was alive until just recently.

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…

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.

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.

Kaname Date 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.

Due to unforeseen manufacturing delays and global shipping slowdowns, Spike Chunsoft, Inc. and Numskull Games unfortunately must delay the European and Oceania release of this title across all platforms (Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One).

To maintain parity, the digital releases for these regions will be delayed to July 8th as well. 

Players can pre-order AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative now.

The Collector's Edition ($119.99) includes:

  • AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative
  • 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 Yusuke Kozaki
  • HARMOniOUS DISCORD official soundtrack by returning composer Keisuke Ito

AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam) on June 24, 2022 (July 8, 2022 in Europe) for $59.99. The physical version of the title will be published in Europe by Numskull Games.

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