Yesterday, social media accounts for Spike Chunsoft in English and Japanese shared a rather mysterious site and a new hashtag – #NineEyesTV

 

 

Visiting the site, there a nine floating eyes and an “Enter Password” input. Each eye contains a puzzle that once solved, will transform into a closed eye with the answer (letters) on the eyelid. Solving all nine puzzles spells out Nirvana Initiative, which is the correct password for the input at the bottom of the page. Once successfully entered, you’ll be taken to a countdown page that has a timer ending on Thursday, July 1st at 1:53 a.m. PT | 4:53 a.m. ET.

 

 

Clicking the Twitter button on the countdown page will open up a tab for Twitter with the following text composed as a tweet:

 

YOU UNLOCKED #NineEyesTV

TRUTH IS ONLY AN ILLUSION.

https://www.spike-chunsoft.co.jp/nine-eyes-tv/en/

 

As for what game this could be, initial speculation was that this is the teaser for a new game by Kotaro Uchikoshi (director and writer of AI: The Somnium Files, World’s End Club, and Zero Escape series). Given the site’s imagery (eyes), many were quick to point out this could be the potential sequel for AI: The Somnium Files which was initially released for the Nintendo Switch in 2019. While fans were solving the nine puzzles others were poking around the site’s source code and found a possible answer – that this is indeed a sequel to AI: The Somnium Files, titled AI: Nirvana.

 

 

Uchikoshi, who directed and wrote the first AI game, left Spike Chunsoft in 2017 to form Too Kyo Games with Kazutaka Kodaka (Danganronpa series writer), Masafumi Takada (composer for Killer7, God Hand, No More Heroes, and Danganronpa series), and Rui Komatsuzaki (illustrator for the Danganronpa series). Given the timing for AI: The Somnium Files, released in 2019, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Uchikoshi to return to direct and write AI: Nirvana.

Luckily, we don’t have to wait long for Nine Eyes TV’s countdown timer to end and confirm AI: Nirvana or further confuse us with a new series of puzzles.

 

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Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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