Today Granzella released a large batch of screenshots of its upcoming “urban disaster experience simulator” Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories.
We also get a few more info about the game, starting with the main concept. It’s about providing realism and immersion, experiencing the exploration of the city in ruins, and the “fear” of an urban disaster. It’s also about involvement with the characters, and being conscious of “human-like” behavior, including socialization, desire, shame, satisfaction, and frustration. Even if it’s a game, it appeals to the player’s feelings.
The story is set in the year 20XX. The main character (which can be customized with gender, name, looks, and occupation) is on the way to an interview (or entrance exam if they’re students) when a huge earthquake happens. Buildings start collapsing and all the roads are tore to pieces. The protagonist is lost, as food and water become scarce.
The shortage of water and the lack of usable toilets also makes the hygienic situation poor. People are afraid of being killed by collapsing building no matter where they try to hide, and the growing stress can be felt in the conversations with other people stranded in the disaster-stricken area.
While the game mostly focuses on the earthquake, many calamitous situations are included, including fires, starvation, collective panic, and more.
There are over sixty unique characters to interact with, experiencing their human drama. Each has their own narrative, and the protagonist can strengthen their ties with them while exploring the city.
You can check out all the screenshots below. Incidentally, the last four in the gallery are from the PlayStation VR version. If you want to see more, you can check out the latest trailer.
Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories is coming exclusively for PS4, and it will be released in Japan in 2018. A western release has not been announced just yet.