Stay calm, everyone — but Spike Chunsoft, makers of the brilliant Zero Escape series, the excellent Danganronpa series, and many other visual novels and narrative adventures, is teasing something new.
The website features nine eyes, each with puzzles on them. Clicking on each puzzle will allow you to type in the answer — in the form of a letter or a few letters — which will eventually give you the password to type in at the bottom of the page.
Regardless of what it is, it’s probably going to be exciting… but there are clues that fans have found already as to what it might be.
“The popular theory,” reads a tweet from “batts”, whose handle is @somniumfiles, “is it’s an AI:TSF sequel — the cryptic puzzle-style announcement is VERY on brand for Uchikoshi, and assistant director Akira Okada tweeted about it!” AI:TSF is AI: The Somnium Files, a game about detective work by the director of two of the Zero Escape games, which prominently features eyes.
Others have different theories, like the fact that the mobile site’s icon is Clover from 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, there are nine eyes, and these types of puzzles are very similar to ones found in the Zero Escape games.
Over on Reddit, fans are speculating that it means both games, combined into one, with Uchikoshi at the helm. Be still, our beating hearts.
Once you solve the puzzles and work out the password, you can put it into the box at the bottom to get a skull with some numbers in its eyes. At the time of writing, the numbers were ticking down from 2300:12, which resets when you refresh the page. However, 2,300 minutes is around 38 hours from now — could we be seeing a new Spike Chunsoft announcement within the week?
There’s also this SC video, which doesn’t tell us much, except that SKULLS are important, somehow. Wait — skulls, you say? Didn’t the protagonist of Virtue’s Last Reward have a skull…?
We’ll hopefully be back soon with even more information on whatever this game is.
Give us your most sensible theories and tinfoil hat conspiracies alike in the comments below!