Motorstorm: Apocalypse delayed in US

North American version of Sony racer set in earthquake-ravaged city joins Japanese and European counterparts in missing its previously announced launch date.

Earlier this week, Sony confirmed that the European and Japanese launches of Motorstorm: Apocalypse were delayed, given that the game is set in an earthquake-ravaged city and thousands of people had just died after an 8.9 magnitude quake and resulting tsunami in Northern Japan. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America confirmed that Motorstorm: Apocalypse's North American release date was also being postponed.

Motorstorm: Apocalypse has been delayed worldwide.

"Similar to news already issued from our Japanese and European territories, SCEA can confirm that we are officially delaying release of MotorStorm Apocalypse from its scheduled April 12th date," the company announced. "We will provide more information regarding release timing at a later date."

Where previous installments of the series featured exotic and eye-catching natural environments, MotorStorm: Apocalypse is set in an earthquake-ravaged metropolis inspired by the US Pacific coast, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area. Not only do the game's races take place in the aftermath of a massive tremor, but they are also interrupted by aftershocks that change the landscape and shift routes on the fly.

The game also includes a single-player story mode that lets gamers experience a narrative unfolding from the eyes of three characters that represent the game's different difficulty levels. Whenever it does arrive, Motorstorm: Apocalypse will feature five new vehicle classes, 40 distinct races, and a four-player split-screen mode that's compatible with the online modes for up to 16 players. Finally, Apocalypse will feature customizable vehicles and a game mode creator so players can put their own stamp on the action.

This is not the first time a disaster on the world stage has caused a publisher to think twice about a game's release date. Shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Sega indefinitely postponed (and later canceled) the release of Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship for the Sega Dreamcast. The game's original box art featured an image of planes flying close to high-rise buildings.

For more on Motorstorm: Apocalypse, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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165 comments
Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

Damn you sony!!!!! Why are they releasing this game in Europe and not on USA!?!?!?!?!! Make no sense at all, i think i hate you!

lensflare15
lensflare15

It's understandable. It's also a good time to polish the game up and make it as perfect as they possibly can.

rebelspirit01
rebelspirit01

they delayed it to late at the stores here i can already get it

the_requiem
the_requiem

@parkurtommo: Took me a while to dig out which particular comment of mine you replied to. The point I was trying to make in original comment was: There are American soldiers fighting and dying in conflicts all over the world, yet we don't see any rush to cancel/delay millitary shooters out of respect for their family members.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@parkurtommo: 1. You show your ignorance when you think that middle east is the only place affected by war or terrorism. I don't recall movie THE ROCK being cancelled in Japan just coz there were nerve gas attacks in a Tokyo subway. Or VANTAGE POINT being cancelled in Spain when there were bomb blasts in Madrid. 2. Can you really explain to me how a Japanese publisher delaying a game helps the earthquake victims or Japanese economy? I'd expect that in such a crisis one should be looking to get economy back on its feet ASAP. Social Services 101: You don't help a homeless fellow by giving him money or saying words of sympathy, you help him by teaching him job skills and getting him a job.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@ThePurpleBubble: Nothing against you brah. What I was trying to say is that it doesn't really add insult to injury as they don't really read newspaper or online to seee which games or movies have been cancelled. But they do read reports that say how economy will be impacted by all these losses. I've already given the money as per my capacity. Proceeds from game sales WILL help them, in more ways than one if those publishers/devs are Japanese. I was coming more from an economic angle than humanitarian. Maybe my tone came across wrong in writing.

LordelX
LordelX

Take the Tolyo level out. Seriously, who was looking forward to driving through a wasteland anyway? Replace it with a level that features green grass, rainbows and smiling zebras. DONE.

Chickan_117
Chickan_117

I know there are lots of Motorstorm fans out there but, IMO, they should use this time to put the polish on the game it so badly needs. I saw it at a pre launch event and it looked and performed like a previous gen title. Definitely not up to scratch IMO. On a side note how unlucky are they with the timing of their game?!

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Probably get pushed to September I would bet. Talk about a bad coincidence with all that has happened. Maybe we should open our wallets and donate to Japan relief?

flyinknee91
flyinknee91

I don't really think the April 12th release would have earned them the title of "evil." If it was supposed to come out in the US within the next week, then maybe, but I see no issue with a mid-April release date.

blancobo
blancobo

Though dissappointed since I love the Motorstorm games that have been released so far (I have the two PS3 and the PSP) and was very much looking forward for this apocalyptic version of the series, I do appreciate the sensibility with which Sony is handling this. The game may be awesome and all that fun... but releasing it after Sony's head quarter country is hit by such massive destructive forces of nature... after so many people have died/suffered/are suffering from the events or the aftermath, demonstrates a sense of commitment towards humanity. I will wait. Afterall, this is Motorstorm and I can still play any of the other great three games. This one will just be in the oven for a little more time. I just hope it does not get cancelled.

buying1999
buying1999

Wow a PS3 game delayed? This can't be happening can it? Oh wait, it is PS3 so this is normal. Expect day one patches, and day 2 patches, and maybe even .. well you get it .. gt5 says hi, oh and most other ps3 games and firmwares says hi LOL.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

this game really needs to be delayed ... but also for other reasons , i was able to get it and the online mode is totally broken , it's not possible to start a single online game , either you get a server error message (if youre lucky enough) , most of the time though the ps3 just freezes during matchmaking and you have to hard reset it (3 beeps) , maybe this was the true reason for the delay.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

As terrible as the disaster in Japan was I still don't relate this game to it. It's a game. I downloaded the demo last week, kinda gutted it's been delayed :/ I appreciate the fact that Sony have delayed it in Japan (for obvious reasons), but why release it in some parts of the world and then not others? Whats the difference between the UK and Australia? (except the kangaroos). Daft.

itsme73
itsme73

Whether they're delaying it due to some effect of the earthquake or not to offend people, you have to admit releasing it within the next few weeks would give this game a major boost in sales. Every news site complains and calls it 'evil', every person buys it to see what the fuss is about.

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

@robertwarnes91 I actually live in Christchurch. I was thinking they might have postponed it here too. I guess I was right. I still might get the game online though because games are rip-offs here. A normal PS3 game will be at least $120 at realease but the big games like C.O.D are $155:(

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Woah. Bad timing on this. In reading the headline I thought for half a second they were making reference to what actually happened in Japan. I hope they handle it well over there,rather than let the devastation sit around for years like what happened after Hurricane Katrina...

Bufta
Bufta

@parkurtommo it is possible because i got my copy from a local independent games retailer who shall remain nameless. They had two copies so i got myself one.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

@ZombiePhoenix72 It was released in Australia last week, this is true (I'm playing my copy right now). But Sony announced last month the New Zealand release would be postponed after the Christchurch Earthquake occurred.

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

@benboz Is the game out in Australia?! I didn't know that. I live in NZ games are here normally a day or two after the Australian release but I haven't seen it here yet.

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

How much do you guys wanna bet that the main reason for the delay of the game is due to the fact that the game takes place in a "Earthquake Ravaged City"? Their just doing it so they wouldnt get negative feed back of the Japan Tsunami incident.

jediryan123
jediryan123

Live in Australia and got this game, its great fun online and off, to bad their aren't many people online. The most i get is about 6 or 7.

benboz
benboz

Wow, us aussies got the game last week.

88cool
88cool

It is to bad to hear about the games delayed but it for good reason. so just have to wait till it is out like all the other good games coming out

DJtoKen
DJtoKen

Have this game and been playing it since Thursday, great game, pity not many other people have this, online there's not many to play :/

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

What unfortunate timing. But when will the game be released?

benbrooky13
benbrooky13

I understand the context for this delay, but it is kind of funny/annoying that this game already has 25 critics' reviews on Metacritic, yet the release date is postponed indefinitely at the moment.

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

Bummer dude. Have the 360. Just got my first PS3 and this is one of the main games I've been looking forward to playing on it this year. Still, I too know it's for a great reason and can wait it out.

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@the_requiem I think you misunderstood me - all I said was that most of the comments I read implied that a game is the most important thing - I never said that postponing a game would help Japan, nor did I say releasing it on time would harm Japan - though, it may add a bit of insult to injury, that isn't the point. If you want to help Japan, donate - don't post on a thread saying "well, they should release the game on time, but give some of the money to Japan" Again, maybe I've read most of these posts wrong, and that's my bad...

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

this game is available everywhere at the moment

twyz
twyz

April 12? This is the first time I've even heard about this game.

OmenIWF
OmenIWF

So many insensitive bastards here, it's astounding. Firstly, you are comparing the culture in Japan which is one of respect for others with the Western Culture of "Me, Me, Me" which is why Sony have delayed the game, the same way most car companies and electronics firms have halted production, because to them it is better to be respectful than to be profitable. You can claim all you want that Sony is doing it to avoid bad PR but you'd be wrong, it is out of respect, a respect it would seem most gamers do not have for the feelings of others. Yeah this is a gaming site, but when real life events on such a massive scale occur then it is bound to effect other aspects of life, as it has done with the delay of this game and the cancellation of of another one, so naturally people will be more concerned with events in Japan rather than selfishly moaning about the delay of a game. As for the fact people have it, the game may have been delayed but it is down to individual stores (high street and online) to not sell what they may have in stock so you'd assume certain stores have just sold the game or not got the message from relevant head offices to delay sales of MSA.

metalkid9
metalkid9

@soolkiki, wtf are you talking about? This game is made in Europe! so no one is whining about any Japanese games

potoftea
potoftea

oh and by here, i mean saudi arabia :)

potoftea
potoftea

Wow that's funny, because -and im dead serious- we just got motorstorm apocalypse here, it's also the same with other games, the second stores get them they start selling them , they don't wait for, what i assume, is the contract date the have with the distributor

DanMishler
DanMishler

It's not as if I'm not sensitive to the situation. I have donated, I have talked about it with my friends, and of course I feel horrible for those people and their families and livelyhoods. However, delaying a game isn't an example of sensitivity - it's an example of Sony wanting to avoid bad press and bad sales in the states. They know how dumb we are as a country and they know they'll get a finger WRONGFULLY pointed at them and sales dampened accordingly, if they were to release.

DanMishler
DanMishler

It's just because the typical American acts like they're wronged or that they are owed something any chance they get. We're not very tolerant as a whole - the vast majority of our population puts a horrible name on the rest of us. They just delayed it here because they didn't want to have hoards of liberals complaining that we're stepping on Japenese-Americans toes. It's a problem that is caused by all the crap that's pumped into us as a country, and people trying to act more politically correct than logical.

BeanoFatardo
BeanoFatardo

you might be a redneck if ..... you care about this game.

Bufta
Bufta

@parkurtommo it is possible because i got my copy from a local independent games retailer who shall remain nameless. They had two copies so i got myself one.

stevensu1
stevensu1

@parkurtommo Actually, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe publishes this game which is a subsidiary of Sony as a whole.

soolkiki
soolkiki

Everyone needs to stop bashing Japan for not coming out with games after the Tsunami. I mean, COME ON! Half of their country was just wiped out and now they're faced with the threat of their power plant having a major melt down. I would LOVE to see any of you douches make a game when your country is in this kind of situation.

Luvythicus
Luvythicus

Playing mine already, got it on the 17th! And it's awesome..! =w=" The rush of the levels changing as you race across them at high speed, with such a great soundtrack... Just ignore the horrible, horrible cutscenes. What the hell were they thinking? Oh, I love the campaign-intro levels, a really nice touch =w=

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

@the_requiem well, sony is japanese (obviously), and Sony is publishing this game, that's why it's being delayed. The middle east doesn't publish or develop games.

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

That's what I call authentic, earthquake apocalypse themed game delayed because of an earthquake!

the_requiem
the_requiem

@ThePurpleBubble: I got one question: How does delaying/cancelling a game in any ways help earthquake victims? I was in Asia during the 2005 tsunami and escaped it by half-an-hour. Still, I was shaken enough by it and don't think I would've felt better if were told that some disaster movie called "Tsunami" has been delayed. Besides, won't it be better to pledge 50% of money made from sales of this very game to some Relief fund for victims?

the_requiem
the_requiem

You know soldiers die in conflicts all over the world every day. Yet, I don't see a single FPS being delayed. Why should people dying in earthquake lead to game with similar theme be delayed? I think the actual victims of earthquake are too ravaged to feel better that some game has been delayed, no?