Quake Causes Motorstorm: Apocalypse Delay

by Jeanine Celestin, posted on 14 March 2011 / 1,634 Views

In the wake the of tragedy and natural diasters that have plagued the East, at least one more games' release date has been postponed indefinitely in Japan.

Sony's Motorstorm: Apocalypse, a racing game due on March 17 was delayed indefinitely. Motorstorm: Apocalypse is set in an earthquake ravaged city with other natural diasters occuring while players race around it. This is the second territory the game was postponed in, as it was also delayed in New Zealand after the earthquake occuring there. 

The release of the Motorstorm: Apocalypse in other territories is being discussed. Speaking to GameSpot UK this morning, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe said, "[The game's release is] under discussion at the moment. We'll get back to you when we know more." 

The last thing those affected by the disasters are likely thinking about is video games, but it's obvious developers are attempting to be respectful and are trying to cancel or delay games with apocalyptic or disaster themes.

Honestly, it could be too little too late, as one may wonder why developers make games with these themes if they are going to pull them only when a disaster occurs near the release date. It is this contributor’s opinion that if it’s disrespectful now, it will be disrespectful later to the survivors.

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Pjams (on 14 March 2011)

Its not about a tragic topic, its video-game about racing. I've been through a massive earthquake where people were killed and buildings collapsed. I wouldn't be offended that the game was on the store shelves the next morning, but I sure as hell wouldn't buy it. I have Apocalypse currently pre-ordered.

Xelestial (on 14 March 2011)

@Nyanks- My point in the article was the same...If a person considered it offensive now, then they will today, tomorrow or next week. If they don't, they don't and why even delay it? If they cared why bother making a game about a tragic topic anyway.

NYANKS (on 14 March 2011)

Yeah this is kinda stupid. It's not offensive to people who died, the writer is just trying to get sympathy votes from the crowd. Like Badgenome saide, if people just see the word apocalypse and get all offended, they're just being silly. It's a LITTLE different.

dsage01 (on 14 March 2011)

well doesn't make a differnce besides the first one all of them were a major sales flop. LOL at||DeOn||

Nighthawk117 (on 14 March 2011)

Note to all developers: No more games involving aliens attacking Earthlings, just in case the aliens actually decide to invade planet Earth someday.

Signalstar (on 14 March 2011)

So no game should ever be made involving Earthquakes? I agree it should be delayed but there is nothing wrong with the games subject matter.

Cthulhu (on 14 March 2011)

Good call Sony

Bristow9091 (on 14 March 2011)

Wait, so it might be delayed here in UK too? I was really looking forward to picking it up on Friday, but if that's the case, I don't think I'll bother until later on to be honest... why should it be delayed in unaffected areas of the world, that's dumb.

||DeOn|| (on 14 March 2011)

well are any 360 exclusives being delayed aswell? oh wait..

badgenome (on 14 March 2011)

Way too soon. It was only just last week that all those Japanese hedonistically raced their dirtbikes and ATVs through the quake-ravaged and waterlogged streets of Sendai.

ali_manslayer (on 14 March 2011)