Today the first PlayStation VR gameplay of Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories by Granzella was showcased during a livestream on Nico Nico hosted by the Japanese magazine Famitsu.
Interestingly, the video shows exactly the same area showcased in the first trailer just over a year ago, but of course virtual reality gives it a much different feeling.
Looking at the hosts, it appears that at least in this demo they aren’t controlling the character’s movement, but just the camera orientation, but we don’t know if this will be implemented in the PlayStation VR mode of the final game, or it’s just something limited to this specific demo.
We’ll probably know more some time this week, as Weekly Famitsu will include an article on the game, which still doesn’t have a release date, and will be playable both on standard PS4 and on PlayStation VR. The developer actually confirmed explicitly that there are no plans to launch on any other platform.
Keep in mind that the video below was recorded from a livestream on Nico Nico, so it suffers from the Japanese streaming platform’s notoriously bad compression and resolution. Yet, it’s still a pretty good look on things to come.
Personally I find it certainly quite scary, even watching it on PlayStation VR’s social screen, from outside the headset, and I say it at someone who is normally rather insensitive to horror experiences. This appears, at least to me, much more grounded in reality. The notion that it could actually happen makes it feel much more visceral.
Check it out below, and see if you feel the same way.