AI: The Somnium Files is an adventure video game by Spike Chunsoft, developed by Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd..
PlayStation on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 released the trailer:
AI: The Somnium Files - Release Trailer| PS4.
AI: The Somnium Files is a mystery adventure game that is split into two types of sections: investigation and somnium parts. The story progresses through branching paths leading to multiple different endings, based on choices the player makes; the player only gets a full view of the story by playing through each route. Rather than starting over from the beginning several times to see different paths, the player can skip directly to the branching points using an in-game flow chart.
During the investigation parts, the player character, as detective Kaname Date, uses his artificial intelligence unit Aiba's functions, such as X-ray vision and zooming, to further the investigation in the real world. During the somnium parts, Date uses a machine called the Psync Machine to enter the memories of suspects or key witnesses who do not want to share information with him, in the form of dreamscapes called "somnium", to find clues and extract the information by solving puzzles. The puzzles involve examining objects and choosing an action to perform with it, and solving mental locks - obstacles standing in the way of clues - allowing the player to sink deeper into the character's subconscious. There is a six-minute time limit before the dreamscape collapses, and as actions take time to perform, the player must be careful in deciding what to do. Within the somnium parts, Aiba takes on the form of a humanoid and acts as the player avatar.
AI: The Somnium Files takes place in a technologically advanced Tokyo in the near future, and follows Kaname Date and his top-secret team within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, known as the Advanced Brain Investigation Squad (ABIS), made up of 6 investigators, a squad leader simply known as Boss, and an engineer nicknamed Pewter. ABIS is responsible for investigating crimes through the process of "Psyncing," exploring the subconscious dreams of persons of interest via the "Psync Machine," connecting the two together in a dream state known as "Somnium." The ABIS agents investigate these dreams are known as "Psyncers," and act as observers in their subjects' dreams, able to retrieve secrets and clues the subject may be hiding or may not be aware of. To ensure psyncers are not subject to adverse effects, their time in a subject's Somnium is limited to a maximum of six minutes.
Date is assisted by AI-Ball, nicknamed Aiba, an artificial intelligence powered by the Wadjet System, who is embedded into Date's prosthetic left eye, and is capable of communicating with Date as well as provide X-Ray vision, thermographs, zoomed vision, and hacking various electronics. Aiba acts as Date's avatar within the Somnia, and together they investigate their subjects' dreams in order to learn the truth about their investigation.
On a Friday night in November, Kaname Date is called to a murder scene at Bloom Park in the quarantined Kabasaki District, where Shoko Nadami's corpse is found tied to a merry-go-round horse with her left eye removed. Searching the area, Date finds Shoko's daughter, Mizuki, in the merry-go-round's central column, clutching the murder weapon and suffering from aphonia. As he rests in Mizuki's hospital room overnight, Date falls asleep and sees a dream constructed from his memories prior to 6 years ago, when he first obtained amnesia. In his dream, he saw a woman shot and bleeding on the floor, and a man holding a gun standing besides her.
AI: The Somnium Files was scheduled to be released on September 17, 2019, on September 19, 2019 and on September 20, 2019 by Spike Chunsoft.
This video game is available for the following platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
The game AI: The Somnium Files is rated with M rating.
More information about AI: The Somnium Files you can get at:
Official website: spike-chunsoft.com/ai
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