Game developers ask fans to solve puzzles to help characters escape hidden rooms
Spike Chunsoft launched a site called “Hidden Bats” on Thursday, and the countdown ends on Sunday. The updated website now has a video and a riddle for fans to solve.
It’s unclear if Spike Chunsoft is partnering with the site to launch new titles or using the site to promote upcoming titles. The “Bats489” video posted on the site may be a reference to AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative, a sequel game to Kōtarō Uchikoshi’s AI: The Somnium Files game. The gameplay trailer released in January references a “Bat 490” video featuring a similar image of a bat. The game launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in North America and Europe on June 24 via Windows 10 and Steam.
The “Hidden Bat” teaser site is part of a larger “Sunaiku Foundation” site opened by Spike Chunsoft. The Sunaiku Foundation’s website says it is an organization that helps find missing people. The Hidden Bat website explains that two people named Aine Ichirai (pictured below) and Binato Sotobara (pictured second) were each locked in a hidden room and given a smartphone once every two days 21 minutes to post on Twitter. .
Aine and Binato have both characters Twitter account, although only Aine’s account is currently active.In it, Aine tweeted in English and Japanese, and had post A photo as a clue to help her escape the room. Fans had to use the photo, along with the “Bats489” video posted on the website, to solve the puzzle and send the escape code to Aine.
Spike spring soft also roll out Hide the bat’s Twitter account.
Source: Hidden Bats teaser site, 4Gamer (Ryuichi Matsumoto)