Having acquired the rights to the previously Irem-developed survival action adventure series Disaster Report late last year, Granzella has announced that it will be re-releasing the first two PS2 entires in the series on the Japanese PlayStation Store on February 18.
The games will retail as PlayStation Classics on the service, meaning they’ll be emulated versions of the original games, rather than retouched ports. Both games will retail for 1000 yen.
The first game, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi (released in the US as Disaster Report and in PAL territories as SOS: The Final Escape), was released in 2002 and takes place on Capital Island, a man-made island that starts crumbling when a surprise earthquake strikes the area. Players take on the role of Masayuki Sudou, a reporter caught up in the mess, as he tries to escape the island alive and uncover just what exactly caused the destruction.
Meanwhile, the second game, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 2: Itetsuita Kioku-tachi (released overseas as Raw Danger) takes place five years after the events of the original game in Tomisaka City, AKA “Geo City,” a name derived from the construction project meant to make it impervious to natural disasters. All bets are off, though, once a massive flood strikes on Christmas Eve, right in the middle of Japan’s famously rainy wintertime. This time around, players take up the roles of five different characters, all with different occupations and circumstances that influence their antics in the midst of the disaster. The choices one character makes has impacts on all of the others across the game’s entire timeline, affecting not just events during cutscenes, but even the items that players have access to over the course of gameplay (e.g.: if a character picks up an item off the ground at a specific point in time, other characters that go through that area later won’t be able to make use of it themselves). Whereas death can come quick by earthquake tremors and dehydration in the first game, in this one, the ongoing concerns for survival are heat and hypothermia.
A release date for the return of Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3: Kowareyuku Machi to Kanojo no Uta, the Japan-only PSP entry in the series, has not been announced, though Granzella has stated its continued intent to make the game available for sale once more.
Additionally, Granzella has released a brief trailer to commemorate the pending release, which you can find below.