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Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Granzella
Release Date: April 7, 2020

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'Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories' (ALL) Announced - Trailer

by Thomas on June 21, 2019 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT

Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories places you in the precarious position of a young adult trying to navigate a city struck by calamity.

NIS America quietly announced at E3 2019 that it plans to localize and publish Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories for the Western market. It will be available for the PS4 (with PSVR functionality), Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2020 for $54.99.

Disaster Report 4 has been out in Japan since the end of 2018. As with the original Disaster Report, it’s a survival game, set in a fictional Japanese city following the effects of a devastating earthquake. The player character, who was in town for a job interview, has to find a way through the wreckage of the city, deal with other survivors, manage their stress levels and cleanliness, and figure out how to escape alive.

Disaster Report 4 was one of several games that was under production at Irem in Japan at the time of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, and was subsequently cancelled in the company’s pivot to becoming a slot machine and pachinko developer. Many of its employees left to found a new company, Granzella, and continue working in the video game market. One of Granzella’s first releases, the Japan-only City Shrouded in Shadows on the PlayStation 4, was intended as a spiritual sequel to Disaster Report, before the company secured the rights to the actual series.

DR4 marks a return for the series after 10 years of inactivity. The Disaster Report series (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi, “The Desperate City,” in Japan, and SOS: The Final Escape in Europe) began in 2002 on the PS2, produced by Irem and localized for the North American market by Agetec. The 2006 PS2 follow-up, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 2: Itetsuita Kiokutachi (“Frozen Memories”), was localized under the title Raw Danger, and unlike the other games in the series, tasks the player with escaping from torrential flooding rather than an earthquake. A third game followed on the PSP, but was never released outside Japan.


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