Kazuma Kujo, the creative designer behind Steambot Chronicles and the Disaster Report titles, left Irem and opened a new company called Granzella. Speaking with Famitsu, Kujo explained the cancellation of Disaster Report 4, an ambitious PlayStation 3 version of the series, was not the reason he left Irem. Kujo felt there was a disconnect between fan expectations and demands from the management side.
Granzella just opened, but is already working on their first project… games for PlayStation Home. Kujo says these digital titles will compare to retail games. At the end of the year, Granzella will release a downloadable game for PlayStation 3.
Kujo hopes to expand with Android games plus PlayStation Vita titles next year. Oh, and an April Fool’s Gag too; Kujo is already planning an Internet prank, sometime Irem became known for. During the interview Famitsu asked Kujo if Granzella can work on sequels for Irem. Kujo said for the time being he cannot answer that question.