Granzella, the current IP holder and developer of the Disaster Report series (previously Irem), has been nearing the finish line for Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories. This game, which has had a troubled history due to unfortunate real-life events in Japan, was due to release on October 24, 2018, only several days away at this point. However, in order to push through a few last-minute improvements, Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories has been delayed to November 22, 2018.
Despite news of the delay, a demo is available on the Japanese PlayStation Store, so if you have a Japanese PlayStation Network account you can still check the game out. Considering the demo and the delay being just short of a month, it’s probably safe the say the adjustments being made are necessary, but relatively minor.
Disaster Report 4 has technically been in the making since last generation, originally planned for a 2011 PlayStation 3 launch by Irem. However, due to the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami that same year, the game was delayed and ultimately canceled.
Producer Kazuma Kujo and other former Irem staff eventually formed Granzella and acquired the Disaster Report rights, effectively starting from scratch on a fourth game.
We actually saw the first two entries in North America, both for the PlayStation 2 and published by Agetec. The third game was never localized.