Disaster Report 4 cancelled
posted on 03.14.11 at 07:23 AM EDT by (@salromano)

Disaster Report 4, a game that follows the events of a destructive earthquake in a future metropolis, was expected to see a delay after the recent earthquake in Japan. But rather than push back the date, Irem has cancelled the game.

In a statement released today, Irem said the game has been cancelled and did not provide reason. The studio apologized to all the fans who’ve been waiting for the game, and to all of those who’ve worked on the project.

Disaster Report 4 was initially announced in August 2010 for PlayStation 3. Famitsu published its most recent report on the game earlier this month.

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  • sheppard00

    I can understand it to be honest, even if was a good game. That people don’t need to remind the tragedy that they’re living this days while playing to any kind of entertainment.

    Maybe in a few years, they would finish the development in ps4, who knows.

    • Finish the development in PS4? Makes no sense. Should just hold off on it and in the meantime they can do a lot to establish it as a major title than outright canceling it. They could just wait and release at a later date after everything smooths over rather than making a poor port that would require substantially more work.

  • I can understand the cancellation, but it’s odd when you consider it financially — Irem doesn’t put out many products and this is considered one of their major developments. A couple of other apocalyptic-type games were delayed in Japan following the quake: Motorstorm: Apocalypse and Yakuza: Of the End. Why couldn’t Irem consider pushing the game back a year? It’s a shame that it was basically complete and had to go down the drain. That makes two for the year, so far (True Crime is the other).

    • rockman29

      The people who make the game live in Japan, Sal. That’s probably a big difference between what the quake means to us and what it could mean to the team in Japan. Let’s not forget how horrible the quake has been. It has been the fourth largest quake in recorded history, and the largest ever recorded in Japan. The shoreline and ports in a huge area have been completely wiped out. Ten thousand people have died.

      Let the team decide based on how they feel. If our opinions are different, I don’t think it means anything.

      • Indeed. Like I said, I understand the cancellation, I just worry for the company financially. They’re small developer and don’t put out much; they’re probably loosing a ton of money by cancelling the game.

  • I actually had a feeling that this would be cancelled, or at least delayed due to the events.

  • BizarreJelly

    This series seems to be cursed. The second one received many delays in Japan after the 2004 tsunami and now this. It’s ultimately for the best but if you ask me a cancellation is a bit much, a delay would have been equally as respectful.

    Interestingly, in the last few days pre-order rank for this went from rank 86 to rank 10.

  • Found on NeoGAF: apparently, Disaster Report 3 (for PSP) takes place in March 2011. It’s about an earthquake — that’s then followed by flooding. In case you’re living under a rock, the Sendai earthquake and tsunami happened only a few days ago — and we’re in March 2011!

    Verrrrry creepy. Here’s a video on YouTube (proving DR3’s setting): click.

    Irem = time traveling warlocks from the future?