Zero Escape director's next game, AI: The Somnium Files, is out July

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The director of the Zero Escape series, which are some of the best visual novels (opens in new tab) you can play, has a new game in the works called AI: The Somnium Files, and it'll arrive on PC on July 25, developer Spike Chunsoft has announced.

Director Kotaro Uchikoshi told Gematsu this week (opens in new tab) that the game will have less cutscenes than what we're used to from Zero Escape, and is made "mainly for adventure game fans", suggesting a focus on puzzles. You play detective Kaname Date, who is on the hunt for a serial killer in Tokyo after a women is found dead on a merry-go-round, her eye gouged out. You'll have a prime suspect straightaway: a girl found nearby with a bloody ice pick in her hand, but all is not as it seems.

It sounds utterly surreal. As well as real-world investigation, Date can enter people's dreams thanks to an artificial eye, hence why the trailer above shows a polar bear about to saw a woman in half. She'll also have an AI assistant called Aiba, and the cast includes a light novel author and a teen internet pop star.

The Steam page is live here (opens in new tab), if you want to give it a look. Katharine's 90/100 review of Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is here (opens in new tab), in case you want to know what all the fuss is about.

Thanks, RPS (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.