Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories

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Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories
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Developer(s)Granzella
Publisher(s)Granzella
Producer(s)Kazuma Kujo
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
Release
  • JP: November 22, 2018
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories[a] is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Granzella, released in 2018 in Japan for the PlayStation 4. It is the fourth entry in the Disaster Report series, and was originally meant to be released for the PlayStation 3; its production was halted due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, but resumed after demand from fans.

Gameplay[edit]

The goal is to escape the destroyed city, finding safe paths through collapsing buildings and dealing with panicked and fleeing people.[1]

The game was to feature over 60 characters, the largest in series history. The player would have had to work with these people to escape.[1]

There are a few new features Irem highlights for Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4:

  • The player can enter collapsed buildings, within which the player will find survivors and additional escape routes.
  • The player will find new items, including crutches for when the main character's legs are injured.
  • The game has a new "cleanliness" parameter for the character. If the character gets too dirty, stress will rise.
  • The player can use the toilet to increase the main character's cleanliness parameter.

The player is free to customize the main character. At the start of the game, the player can set the main character's gender, face style, and hair style. Over 100 clothing items, including suits and casual outfits can be earned as the player works through the game.[1]

Story[edit]

The game takes place in a big city in the year 201X. It is July, the heart of summer, and the main character is visiting the city for a job interview. The city is suddenly hit with a major earthquake.[1]

Development[edit]

The game was originally being developed and published by Irem for the PlayStation 3,[1] it would have supported 3D output and PlayStation Move. Initially, the game was planned for release on March 10, 2011, a day before the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, but was pushed back to a Spring time frame.[2] Chief producer, Kazuma Kujo said the reason for the delay was because the game could not be completed in time.[2] The game was officially cancelled on March 14, 2011.[3]

In December 2014, Kujo revealed that his new company, Granzella, had acquired the intellectual property of the Disaster Report series;[4] they planned to formally announce the game in Q3/Q4 2015.[5] The new game was eventually announced in November 2015 with the title Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus: Summer Memories. It is being developed for PlayStation 4. Kujo has also stated the re-branded title started development from scratch.[6] A Playstation VR demo was planned to be released in January 2017 but was postponed to be released after February 2017.[7] A non-public VR Demo was shown to a Japanese video game magazine in December 2016 and produced quite positive reactions from the testers.[8] The final game is planned on release on October 25, 2018 in Japan.[9] The game's release was delayed and the new release date was announced to be on November 22, 2018.[10]

The Kobe Fire Department will work with Granzella to showcase the KFD's work in what civilians should do in case they're caught up in a disaster.[11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 Plus: Summer Memories (絶体絶命都市4 Plus -Summer Memories-)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Anoop Gantayat (September 1, 2010). "Irem Unveils Disaster Report for PS3". Andriasang. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Anoop Gantayat (February 11, 2011). "Disaster Report 4 Pushed Back to Spring". Andriasang. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  3. ^ Alexander, Leigh (March 14, 2011). "Disaster Report 4 Cancelled In Wake Of Japan Earthquake Tragedy". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on March 16, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Romano, Sal (December 22, 2014). "Granzella acquires Disaster Report copyright, latest entry planned for fall 2015". Gematsu. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  5. ^ McWhertor, Michael (July 28, 2015). "Survival game Disaster Report is coming back, here's our first look". Polygon. Archived from the original on July 30, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  6. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2015/11/24/disaster-report-4-plus-summer-memories-revealed-for-playstation-4/
  7. ^ http://www.zettai-zetsumei.jp/
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  9. ^ Romano, Sal (2018-06-22). "Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories launches October 25 in Japan, demo launches in July". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  10. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-10/disaster-report-4-plus-ps4-game-delayed-to-november-22/.137972
  11. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2017/11/14/granzella-working-kobe-fire-department-disaster-report-4-plus/

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