Disaster Report Dev Wants to Shake Things Up
The Disaster Report series, known as Zettai Zetsumei Toshi in Japan, is an action-adventure franchise that focuses on characters trying to survive in a city ravaged by a natural disaster. The fourth installment of the game was originally planned to release on March 10, 2011, which was the day before the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Due to slow development, the game was pushed back to a later release date but was cancelled on March 14th, after the earthquake hit. The creator of the franchise, Kazuma Kujo, must have thought it was a little tactless to release a game about surviving a natural disaster after such a devastating tsunami hit Japan. Apparently, time heals wounds rather quickly.
A fan tweeted to Kujo that he would like the Disaster Report series to be revived. Kujo replied that he was taking actions to revive the series. All three of the previous Disaster Report titles were developed and published under Kujo while he was at Irem studios. Kujo left Irem in May to form Granzella Studios. Although Kujo shows enthusiasm for bringing back the series, Irem has published all the previous titles, so Kujo would have to acquire the franchise from them. If Irem is unwilling to give up the franchise, then that might kill all plans for a sequel. Fans will just have to wait and see if Kujo is able bring back Disaster Report 4.