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Disaster Report 4 has been Pre-Ordered

Disaster Report 4 has been Pre-Ordered

For the first time since, well, I can’t even remember, I have pre-ordered the Deluxe comes-with-a-lot-of-junk Edition of a game, and naturally it’s a weird one. Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories is a game that 1) I never thought would be completed 2) never thought would be translated to English, and 3) never thought would see a physical release for the West. Thanks to Granzella  and NiS America though, I’m happy to say all those things have now come true!

Quick(ish) catchup. The Disaster Report series has been around since the days of the PlayStation 2 when IREM released sequels fairly regularly… until the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. As you might expect, a game revelling in natural disasters, set in Japan, to be released around this time felt a little ignoble. So IREM cancelled the PlayStation 3 sequel along with most of their other games and went back to making pachinko and slot machines. The staff who still wanted to make video games left to form Granzella and were able to acquire the rights to Disaster Report from IREM in 2014. Finally, Disaster Report 4 (known as Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 in Japan) was released in 2018 and NiS America shortly came to head up the Western localization for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. 

And that brings us to today, when I finally pre-ordered the Ridiculous Edition of the game (appropriately for PlayStation 4) after getting a nice bonus paycheck at work to cover the $90 cost. What do I get? A backpack that I can’t read, a soundtrack, a lanyard to hold my employee or school ID (I guess?), and a box that looks like an in-game First Aid kit to unceremoniously shove everything else into.

The tchotchkes don’t matter all that much, I’m just thrilled to be able to finally play the game and throw some support to NiS who I rarely get to buy from because 99% of their lineup isn’t my kind of Japanese.

City Shrouded in Shadow continues to look Awesome & Weird

I’m equal parts excited and disappointed about Granzella’s upcoming City Shrouded in Shadow. Excited that the team of IREM refugees have found a way to continue the Disaster Report legacy without relying on natural disasters. Disappointed that the solution is to have the city invaded by giant monsters of the trademarked variety.

Given the niche nature of the gameplay and the complexity of licensing Evangelion, Godzilla, Ultraman, and now Gundam (?!) (Sorry, I can’t distinguish between giant mecha) it’s almost totally unlikely we’ll see the game outside Japan. Maybe, maybe, maaaaaybe Namco will be gracious enough to bring it over but for now all I can do is watch this latest trailer, and  ✨ d * r ` ea ~ m

Scurry for Your Life at the feet of Godzilla and Ultraman Battles

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In news that can only be classified as “100% Shawn Approved”, the makers of classic, quirky disaster survival games (now working at Granzella Inc.) have revealed new details on two projects in the pages of Famitsu magazine. For starters, the Disaster Report title for PlayStation 3 that was canceled out of solidarity after Japan’s Tohoku earthquake is back in development. ‘Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories’ has been brought over to PlayStation 4 where it was already looking super slick in this teaser from November 2015.

In metaphorically bigger news is ‘Project: City Shrouded in Shadow’ for PlayStation 4 and Vita. It’s another disaster survival title but with a big twist: instead of natural disasters, you’re surviving battles between Ultraman, Godzilla and possibly some other Japanese movie monsters! It’s a fantastic setup that will assuredly add some wrinkles to the gameplay of Disaster Report and Raw Danger. Take a look at some scans over at DualShockers and check out the original teaser trailer. Or do like me and begin endlessly refreshing the official site for the next update.