Japan quake: Sony delays Motorstorm Apocalypse in UK

Monday, 14th March 2011 08:14 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony’s confirmed it’s to delay the UK release of Evolution racer Motorstorm Apocalypse following last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Japanese earthquake

Nintendo, Sony, Namco, CCP, Zynga, Sports Interactive and some press elements have pledged charitable donations to aid effort.

Motorstorm Apocalypse and Yakuza of the End launches delayed.

Games promotional activity in Japan badly disrupted.

Disaster Report 4 canned.

PSN and Xbox Live services in Japan affected.

The game, which sees you race in a city destroyed by earthquakes, was due to release this Friday. It was already delayed in Japan by SCEJ in the wake of Friday’s events.

“Although we have shipped the game into the channel last week, given that we are able to do so, we have chosen to postpone the launch in the UK,” a SCE UK spokesperson told VG247 in an email this afternoon.

“In the meantime we will continue to monitor the situation very closely.”

A SCEE statement added: “We are shocked and saddened to see the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and our thoughts are with all those affected, including our colleagues within the Sony family, living and working throughout Japan.

“We are very conscious of the parallels between these events and the underlying theme in Motorstorm and are doing everything we can to be as sensitive as possible to the situation. Although the game itself is already in distribution, we are ceasing any further shipments and removing as much of the marketing materials as possible.”

Global games industry launches charity drive

The news is merely the latest set-back for the games trade caused by last week’s Japanese earthquake.

The industry has responded to the disaster with a string of charity measures.

Following news yesterday that platform holders Nintendo and Sony have both contributed ¥300 million (£2.3 million) to relief efforts, EVE Online developer CCP said today it’s to offer PLEX donations from the game as charitable incentives from its MMO.

Simply known as PLEX for Good, the program launched yesterday and will continue to run until March 31. More info on the drive can be found through here.

CCP said that PLEX donations made from EVE will be converted into real currency and donated to the Red Cross for its relief operations in the country.

Sony Corporation has also donated 30,000 radios to aid efforts.

On the publisher side, 5pb and Namco Bandai have also contributed.

Capcom has also confirmed that it’s to donate all revenue from Street Fighter IV sales into relief activities for one week beginning today.

It’s also confirmed a donation of ¥100 million, as well as compensate users of MMO Monster Hunter Frontier on 360 and PC by letting users play at “at no cost.”

Japanese news-based site Siliconera is also holding its own fundraiser here.

In addition, Game Informer writer Meagan Marie is auctioning off a rare one-of-a-kind Nintendo DS unit to promote Mario Kart DS.

It’s been signed by Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario and Zelda composer Koji Kondo, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, Mario voice-actor Charles Martinet and Martin Leung, a pianist who famously played the Mario theme blindfolded.

The auction’s here.

In the west, Zynga has teamed up with Save the Children to raise relief money for aid operations from micro-transactions bought in-game from its games such as CityVille, Farmville and Frontierville.

Sports Interactive had also announced a charity initiative to help victims of the earthquake. The studio has promised to donate all of its revenue from the iOS version of Football Manager Handheld 2011 to a disaster relief fund in Japan for seven days, beginning last Friday.

Local activity hit

Help from the games trade comes after Square Enix and Konami confirmed said yesterday that they were shutting down servers for Final Fantasy XI, XIV and Metal Gear Online to conserve energy, following two explosions at one of the country’s nuclear power plants.

The situation at the Fukushima plant has now worsened, as is being widely reported.

A series of promotional events for games in Japan had also been cancelled, including Yakuza of the End, BlazBlue Continuum Shift II, Dead or Alive Dimensions and the Monster Hunter Festa.

As well as Motorstorm, other delays have also been been announced, with Yakuza of the End also pushed back, with PS3 survival title Disaster Report 4 canned outright.

Microsoft’s held back Xbox Live-related products as well as announcing a delay to the Japanese release of Dragon Age: Origins expansion Awakening. It’s also cancelled a national tour for Kinect.

Sony has put on hold its PlayStation information and repair centers, a report from Andriasang claims.

Sony will keep PlayStation Network open in Japan, but insists that connectivity to the service will be difficult to access in some cases. The report also says that some content updates will most likely be delayed.

Other game delays include Haruhi Suzumiya’s Majhong and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, both for PSP although the former is thought to already have been delayed per Kotaku.

Nintendo’s Steel Diver for 3DS will also be delayed with the company stating the titles will miss its March 17 release for “various reasons”. No word on whether the western release for March 27 has been cancelled as well or not.

Major League Baseball 2K11 and Top Spin 4, which were both slated for April in Japan are delayed as well.

Marvel vs Capcom 3 DLC featuring Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath will miss its scheduled release in Japan tomorrow. Capcom confirmed the delay, without providing a new release date; however, it stated it would post news on the matter via its official website soon. No word on whether it will miss its US and UK launch was provided at posting.

If you’re looking to personally donate outside of games, you can do so at the British Red Cross website here.

Those in the US can also text through various outlets such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. You can find out how to do this thorough here. If your mobile carrier is Sprint, the firm has waived text-fees pertaining to the relief efforts.



  1. Gekidami

    Zettai-zetsumei Toshi 4 (Disaster Report 4) has apparently been completely canned too.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Save The Children are also collecting, specifically for the poor little tykes who somehow made it through unscathed but lost their families. :-(

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    I’ve updated the article. Sega’s also delayed Yakuza of the End as well.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    I’ve been donating to Save The Children for a while now as well as Banardos. More than ever they need whatever we can spare in this time of crisis.

    Those poor, poor people.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Rosseu

    I love japan and their people… hope they get past this crisis soon..

    #5 4 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Massive doesn’t even come close. The events are staggering. Please, donate if you can. Alot of good people come here everyday. Hoping you guys can do your part. My wife and I did 250usd, just do what you can. The rebuilding is going to be beyond compare. So many people without anything right now, and just like most of us the weather is still cold, wet and often snowing. I can not imagine.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    No wonder why this tragedy has happened, Japan’s right next to a fault line intersection, thankfully for me, Adelaide’s only major potential problem is bush fires, wish I could do more for those who suffered but I’m broke as hell for the foreseeable future.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Crab of Thunder

    Where the hell do you start with that level of destruction? I think all the events have far overshadowed the fact that these games are on hold. Thoughts go out to Japan.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Johnny Cullen

    Motorstorm delayed in the UK.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. bpcgos

    My condolences for japan. We’ve been through something like this before here in Indonesia (2004 Aceh’s tsunami) and its trully difficult to rise from this kind of destruction. Actually, the real threat for japanese are not only tsunami in friday, but its reported that radioactive dust from the blown up Nuclear Plant are moving toward Tokyo! Wow, thats creepy! I hope that japanese can get pass through it well!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. ninjanutta

    its already on torrent sites,someone got hold of it despite the delay.Im shocked and sad about the crisis in japan but to delay a game is a tad silly imo.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. KAP

    PSM3 comment:

    “Think about this… The headlines on The Star/Daily Record/The Sun/The Mail etc if the game WAS released. They’d probably claim the game went into production as soon as the producers heard about the disaster. I can imagine the articles… “You play as a tsunami ravaging through the land. You score points for killing people, destroying buildings, murdering prostitutes and sex mini-games with small inland bodies of water you encounter. This game is responsible for the increase in natural disasters we have seen lately. Alan Titchmarsh said…” etc.
    Think we’ve dodged a bullet”

    I totally agree. Goodcall SCEE.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. ultramega

    The disaster that has unfolded in Japan is unspeakably sad, but this is fucking stupid. Honestly. It’s a game. I don’t think people in Japan would care too much about this, considering what they’re facing right now.

    #13 4 years ago

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