Spike Chunsoft launched a countdown timer website in English and Japanese titled “Hidden Bats”.
The website is linked to both a Twitter account and YouTube channel of the same name. The page features nine stacked CRT TVs, three of which display static images, two of which display an hourglass.
The following video, titled “Bats489”, is also posted on the website.
the first tweet of the Twitter account reads “48:00:00” and links to the “News” page of a company called “Sunaiku Foundation”, which features stories dating back to April 1 about the appointment of Snuaiku Foundation President Kagura Iwato , his disappearance, the creation of the Foundation’s Missing Persons Task Force, and the disappearance of high school student Aine Ichirai and university student Binato Sotobara (pictured below).
The “About” page of the Sunaiku Foundation website provides more information about the company, noting that it was established on October 28, 1943 in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, and has a branch in Phiadelphia, in Pennsylvania. Its purpose is to “collect and disclose relevant information regarding missing persons and to assist in search and rescue efforts”.
The “Patrons” button at the top of the website links to the countdown website.
A Tweeter Spike Chunsoft’s official Twitter account reads: “A mysterious countdown site… Maybe we’ve seen something like this before…” suggesting that the countdown may be related to a game or a existing franchise.
Update 10:55 p.m.: As noted by user AlphaKretin in the comments, a video titled “Bats490” is referenced in the story trailer of AI: The Somnium Files – NirvanA Initiative.