Granzella Schedules PS2 Archives Release Of The First Two Disaster Report Games
The Disaster Report series has had as rough of a ride as any video game could expect to have. The release of the fourth entry in the series, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4: Summer Memories, was originally scheduled for March 10, 2011 on PS3. While the game was pushed back to a generic Spring window long before then, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11th of that same year. In the wake of that disaster, Irem decided to cancel the game’s release and proceeded to remove the prior entries from first-run circulation. Not too long after, Irem shut down their consumer games business to focus on pachinko machines.
In late 2014, Granzella, a Japanese studio run by Kazuma Kujo, the head of Irem’s former games business, purchased the Disaster Report IP. The company then announced their intent to revive the franchise and release the previously cancelled entry. As part of the revival, Granzella will release the previous entries on the PlayStation Store. Beginning on February 18th, users will be able to purchase Zettai Zetsumei Toshi and Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 2: Itetsuita Kioku-tachi for 1000 yen each as part of the PlayStation 2 Archives program on PS3. Granzella plans to re-release Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3: Kowareyuku Machi to Kanojo no Uta for PSP (and Vita through backwards compatibility) but have no details to share right now.
Using quick thinking, the series sets players in the midst of some disaster with one goal in mind: survive.
Agetec localized the first two Zettai Zetsumei Toshi games on PS2 as Disaster Report and Raw Danger.