Sony said to confirm it has scuttled plans to release the natural disaster-rich racer in its home country for PS3.
Following Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March, Sony opted to put a hold on the impending release of its chaos-driven PlayStation 3 racer MotorStorm: Apocalypse worldwide. While the game eventually arrived to critical acclaim in the West, it has remained off store shelves in Japan. It appears now as if that status will continue in perpetuity.
Andria Sang reports today that Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has announced that it no longer has any plans to release MotorStorm: Apocalypse in its home nation. Sony reportedly did not offer a reason for its decision to cancel the game's release in Japan.
As the PS3 is not region locked for games, Japanese gamers are still able to import MotorStorm: Apocalypse for play on their systems. Whereas previous installments in the series presented 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.
For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
@VidGamAnonymous Although this game is awful, canceling games for reasons like this is stupid. After 9/11, Propeller Arena was canceled, and it's my favorite Dreamcast game. Thankfully it was leaked. ;) Also, It's called BUSINESS. Business isn't about being "sym-PATHETIC", it's about money. They knew this wouldn't sell well cause of the earthquake, so they canceled it. Not out of sympathy, but because it wouldn't make them money. :roll:
@tevic Do you have no sympathy? People will remember the Japan earthquake for a loooong time. Releasing this game in Japan would be throwing salt it the wound
I bought it and finished it on all levels, it's an awesome game i like it so much now i'm enjoying the online races :) sometimes luck and fate works against u... this game is unlucky in Japan well i hope it did good in other regions and good luck in ur next project guys :)
Man, this really sucks for Evolution Studios they made such an excellent game but it's like everything is going against this game
Come on. It's a game, take it for what it is and nothing else. I guess Sim City is selling like hotcakes over there than, with all the rebuilding of towns and such...
I think Sony feels that it won't sell enough to warrant the cost of printing the discs and marketing due to the post earthquake stigma. The launch of Apocalypse was a disaster in North America and Europe and the game didn't make the NPDs for its launch month due to the last minute delay and nobody knowing when it was coming out; a Gran Turismo 5 all over again. As much as I liked the first Motorstorm, I didn't liked the direction Apocalypse and some extent of Pacific Rift went. Just want them to cramp all the features, bells, and whistles of a Dirt game into a Motorstorm.
What is this...a company choosing not to make money out of respect for their home land? Well....nicely played Sony. I was a bit fazzled by the things that happened over the course of these months, but this reminds me why I like you as a company. Smooth move.
Probably the right choice. I didn't see the game appealing too much to Japanese audiences to begin with. More of a European/American title. And like Magrino said, the game/system is not region locked so the 5 Motorstorm fans in Japan can still obtain it.
It sucks, but it's understandable. That disaster was traumatic for a lot of Japanese folks (hell, it was pretty traumatic for me having close friends living in the affected area). They would almost surely get bad press if they released this from the usual types of media that hop on these stories, and it probably wouldn't sell all that well. It's just a lose-lose for Sony no matter what they do. It's a shame, this game's awesome.
I guess its understandable. Lifes where changed because of this tragedy and it would have probably been hard to sale since people over there are trying to put it behind them.
This is probably more than just being politically correct. Sony would have to spend money to get the game on shelves, and if it didn't sell (they expect it wouldn't, obviously) due to the recent earthquakes, they'd be losing that money.
It would be hard to sell a game involving an earthquake just after your country was hit by one. That game would sell many copies over in Japan right now.
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