We haven’t heard about Granzella’s Disaster Report 4 Plus for quite some time. Perhaps it’s because they were busy finishing up City Shrouded in Shadow which was made in cooperation with Bandai Namco. But now that the latter has been finally released, Granzella should be able to allocate resources back to developing their own most anticipated title. And they have indeed confirmed that by publishing new information on Disaster Report 4 Plus in the newest Weekly Famitsu magazine.
As informed from the early details posted by Ryokutya, it looks like Granzella will now receive support from Kobe City Fire Department, which has contacted Granzella themselves, interested in helping the game development to add more realism in the game mechanics. Mr. Takaoka, the PR staff of Kobe City Fire Department, has written the following comment.
“I used to work part-time at a game shop during my school years, so I have known for a long time that this [Disaster Report] series is very popular. […] We will be happy to give information on prevention of fire and other disasters to as many people as possible with this game.”
Other than that, Granzella also posted some more new information about Disaster Report 4 Plus, such as Health and Stress gauges which may now affect each other, and renewed graphics that can simulate submersion caused by soil liquefaction.
Granzella’s Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories is slated for release on PlayStation 4 in Japan sometime in 2018. Unlike City Shrouded in Shadow (which featured popular IPs such as Ultraman and Evangelion), this game shouldn’t involve troublesome IP licensing. So hopefully, it should have a much better chance of an overseas localization.