Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4: Summer Memories was going to be the fourth installment of the franchise known variously in the west as SOS Escape, Raw Danger or Disaster Report. Developed by Irem only for Playstation 3, it was supposed to be released in march 2011, but it got delayed after the Tōhoku earthquake that struck Japan and in the end the game was cancelled probably also due to Irem’s financial difficulties.
According to Andriasang blog, these were the main features of the game:
The game takes place in a big city in the year 201X. It’s July, the heart of summer, and your character is visiting the city for a job interview. The city is suddenly hit with a major earthquake.
The game will feature over 60 characters, the largest in series history. You’ll need to work with these people to escape.
There are a few new features Irem highlights for Disaster Report 4:
You can enter collapsed buildings, within which you’ll find survivors and additional escape routes.
You’ll find new items, including crutches for when your legs are injured.
The game has a new “cleanliness” parameter for your character. If your character gets too dirty, your stress will rise. To increase your cleanliness parameter, you need to…
Use the toilet!. This is a new facility for Disaster Report 4. You can use the toilet to increase your cleanliness parameter
You’re free to customize your character. At the start of the game, you can set gender, face style, and hair style. As you work through the game, you’ll earn over 100 clothing items, including suits and casual outfits.
Also, here is the 1up interview where the director talks about the game cancellation, and the article on hardcoregaming101.
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there’s an article about this on hardcore gaming 101. game was running behind schedule.
HG 101 article:
thanks kusanagi, i added your links to the article!
i am so sad about the zettai 4 cancellation… i absolutely adore the first two games (the psp one felt very rushed to me ).