Japan quake update: Disruption, charity continues

Thursday, 17th March 2011 09:12 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony Australia has confirmed it’s to delay further shipments of Motorstorm Apocalypse in the country in the wake of last week’s Japanese earthquake.

The Evolution off-roader was due to release today in Japan and tomorrow in the UK, but was delayed in both countries following last week’s events.

The game has made its way onto Australian shelves, but Sony’s said it will stop shipments now.

“Further to the recent events in Christchurch, New Zealand, we are shocked and saddened to see the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and our thoughts are with all those affected,” said the company in a statement, per GamePron.

“We are very conscious of the underlying theme in MotorStorm and are doing everything we can to be as sensitive as possible to the situation. A number of steps have already taken immediate effect including the delay in distribution of the product in New Zealand.

“In Australia, the game is already in distribution, however we are ceasing any further shipments and have pulled the total marketing launch campaign in consideration of both of these recent tragic events.”

Dynasty Warriors 7 leads Japanese quake sales figures

Despite the earthquake and tsunami last week, Media Create has released data for the week ending March 13.

Dynasty Warriors 7 finished out on top in the software ranks with 253,900 units, followed by Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy for PSP and Professor Layton & The Miracle Mask.

In terms of hardware, 3DS was the big winner for the third week in a row following its late February launch in the country, selling just under 100,000 units. PSP and PlayStation 3 came in at second and third.

A more detailed listing of the charts will come later.

Square Enix delays FFXI, FFXIV updates

Having yanked servers for its online games offline to conserve power in Japan following severe problems at the Fukushima nuclear power station, Square Enix has now delayed updates for Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV. The XI update, which was scheduled for mid-April, has now been set up for a provisional May date.

The next two patches for FFXIV have now been put down for an April release.

Producer Naoki Yoshida has put together an open letter you can read here.

Games industry continues charitable efforts

The games industry has continued its charity and relief efforts for Japan following donations earlier this week by Sony, Nintendo, Capcom, Namco Bandai and more.

Square Enix has made a ¥100 million donation, and has also started a worldwide employee fund that will use the Japanese Red Cross.

Those who have Square Enix Accounts can use their Crysta points to make donations. More details will come shortly.

GoNintendo’s also kicked off an animation project for Japan. More here.

And Combat Arms company Nexon has also kicked off its own donation campaign.



  1. DeathJynx

    Such a bad situation.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. kuma

    Thanks for helping and contributing. Really appreciated. Peace from Japan

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Razor

    Just awful.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Freek

    Headline 6 months from now: “Sony closes Evolution studio after Motorstorm sales failed to meet expectations”.

    “The racing genre just isn’t as popular as it used be”, a Sony spokeman commented when asked about the decision.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Moonwalker1982

    Horrible for the people in Japan. I saw footage of people crying and in panic while looking at their neigborhoods being flooded and simply destroyed. Imagine that happening to yourself…losing basically everything you worked for, maybe they had pets and couldn’t save them, anything.

    You got these people screaming 2012!!!! End of the year..that’s nonsense, this is just a disaster, and these people are very very unlucky, has zero to do with something the maya calendar has predicted apparently.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Freek

    Yup, infact the Mayan calendar doesn’t predict anything, just an urban legend made up by western people. It’s a bitt like saying the world ends on december 31st because that’s where the christian calender stops.

    Ancestors of the Maya are still alive today, and pretty anoyed about how the West has hijacked their culture for apocolyptic fantasies.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    Games suddenly become a lost less important in the midst of tragedies such as this.

    Sony are only doing this to protect their own public image, but I can understand the sensitive side to this. I would not feel comfortable going through am experience like that and then seeing a game like this.

    I wouldn’t go complaining to the government about its release or anything (I don’t believe in censorship) but it would still invoke some bad memories.

    After what happened over there, I ended up reevaluating my own career as a journalist, and I intend to move into more volunteer fields of work and aid relief. Something about sitting around playing video games while millions of people in the country that literally birthed my favourite hobby were having their lives torn apart through no control of their own kind of changed my perspective on things a little.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. StolenGlory

    @7 I salute you. In all seriousness, more of us should follow your lead and engage in more noble pursuits in times such as these.

    #8 4 years ago

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