MotorStorm Apocalypse is nigh

Europe gets a monthlong head start on Sony's ruined world racer with March 16 debut; North American launch slated for April 12.

It's time to stock up on canned goods and shotgun shells, as Sony has dated the long-awaited apocalypse. SCEA and SCEE today announced regional release dates for MotorStorm Apocalypse, with North American gamers being granted an extra month to make their final arrangements. European gamers will hit the road in Sony's latest racer beginning March 16, while North American players will be able to join in starting April 12.

When civilization falls, turn signals are the first thing to go.

Where previous installments of the series were almost a world tour of 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 will the races take place in the aftermath of a massive tremor, but they will also be interrupted by aftershocks that change the landscape and shift routes on the fly.

Developer Evolution Studios is also adding 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. The game also features 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.

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

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32 comments
shaunn191
shaunn191

Can't wait! Hopeflly not a glitchfest online like Pacific Rift.

meathead86
meathead86

can not wate for this game and we get it first

tupac-makaveli
tupac-makaveli

When did 'nigh' replace 'near' in the English lexicon?

DrKill09
DrKill09

Hopefully I have work by then. This looks sick!

karenwen
karenwen

Come on, 4 player split-screen people. How many games have that today?

Serbitar1
Serbitar1

Good to see us Europeans getting the better of it for a change.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Sounds good. I skipped on Pacific Rift but I played the first game and it was pretty cool. I might pick this one up when it becomes a greatest hits.

EPaul
EPaul

I cant wait for this one

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Day one purchase, PlayStation Forever!!!

benboz
benboz

I can't wait for this.

j_kizi
j_kizi

i don't mind the wait, march has crazy games coming out to keep me busy, homefront, dragon age 2 and crysis 2 should keep me covered. plus MvC3 and KZ3 will keep me busy most of the time, so the delay is actually not bad at all, in my situation at least...

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Once I get a PS3 by Summer, I'll get this game for sure.

fester420
fester420

Almost the exact same header on the PSBlog. Be original.

ikillyaz22
ikillyaz22

wat do we do wen the world ends?? we race!

crabapple87
crabapple87

buying for sure. Dont understand why we have to wait a month longer.

BranFlakes2423
BranFlakes2423

I have been waiting for this game for what seems like a year & now its so close to realse date. This game looks like its going to be amazing I can not wait to be racing by tornados, on buildings, & avoiding all kinds of hell!!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I have The original Motorstorm, Motorstorm Pacific Rift, even Motorstorm Artic Edge. So Naturally Motorstorm Apocalypse is a release day purchase for me. Motorstorm is one of Sony's great new series of the PS3 era. The others being Uncharted, and the Resistance series. Motorstorm Apocalypse is going to be wild. Love the Motorstorm series they are a blast to play on-line. Now April seems so far off.

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

Ohhh yes can't wait, should get the praticing then lolz

tennis12master
tennis12master

Loved the demo of the game in the article, it was quite amusing. Also, the new Motorstorm looks great. I wanted to pick up Pacific Rift but I never got the chance to... Looks like I'll be getting this game sometime soon.

jimmyand360
jimmyand360

Pacific Rift is one of my favorite games for the ps3. I am really excited about this one.

starcher5150
starcher5150

I am going to finally pick up a PS3 this month. I am looking forward to this game now.

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

I just hope it has an ajustable difficulty, Motorstorm 2 was just pushing it far past the limit. And at the very least if they don't do that, just to make the game not so overbattling.

GenericMagnetic
GenericMagnetic

Looking forward to this. :) Really enjoyed Pacific Rift (as insanely hard as it could get at times...), and this looks even better. Love the new style this one is taking.

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

Saw the CES roof-top racing demo and I loved it. and Motorstorm is not a sim.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

This game is going to be awesome. But I don't think anybody would realistically consider Motorstorm a racing "sim". >_>

blancobo
blancobo

FYI guys: This game is going to be huge. This is the best racing game for off road racing out there. The whole aspect of racing, competing, causing crashes, the nitro, the jumps, detours, mud, water, and now wasted broken earthqwaked land is simply refreshing and addictive. Online aspect is simply awesome.