Developer Spike Chunsoft has debuted a new trailer for its neo-noir detective game AI: The Somnium Files at GDC and announced a 25th July release date. The video above gives a first look at gameplay, although it's still a little vague on the specifics.

You play as detective Kaname Date hunting a serial killer in near-future Tokyo. The bleak trailer doesn't give us much to go on, giving us a look at the characters and highlighting a creepy amusement park and a surreal polar bear, but leaving plenty of room for plot twists and intrigue - par for the course for Zero Escape writer/director Kotaro Uchikoshi.

Here's a taster of the story from the game's official blurb:

One rainy night in November, a woman's body is found at an abandoned theme park, mounted on a merry-go-round horse. She had been stabbed repeatedly, and her left eye was gouged out.

Kaname Date of the Metropolitan Police Department arrives on the scene. He recognizes the woman. Suddenly, he hears a noise from inside the merry-go-round.

He breaks into the merry-go-round's central column to find a young girl. And in her hands, she grips a bloody ice pick...

It all looks very surreal and moody, that's for sure. Those characters look great, too, which makes sense; their design comes courtesy of Yusuke Kozaki of No More Heroes and Fire Emblem: Awakening fame.

Details of a special edition - sorry, Special Agent Edition - for both Switch and PS4 were also released. It will include the following:

A-set Acrylic Stand - Approx. 6 inches tall
Outer Box - Original Artwork by character design Yusuke Kozaki
THOUGHTS REMaiN BELOW Artbook - 30+ pages of sketches and concept art
A-set's #1 Fan Stickers - 3 vinyl stickers
AI: The Somnium Files for Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4


Looks nice, although 'outer box' is something of a given when buying physical (we're kidding - we know it's a special extra sleeve with bespoke artwork). If it takes your fancy, the Special Agent Edition will set you back $89.99.

Not much to go on, but what are your thoughts on the trailer and this special edition? Will you be investigating this come July? Let us know below.