After delaying the game in both Japan and Europe, Sony has now announced that MotorStorm: Apocalypse has been pushed back in the U.S.

Considering the setting – a post-apocalyptic region where earthquakes have destroyed much of the land – and the crisis that has afflicted the country of Japan, it's probably a good decision. Featuring a dynamic, ever-changing environment, a robust single-player mode and plenty of great multiplayer, the latest from Evolution Studios has a ton of promise. But as the company said:

"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. We will provide more information regarding release timing at a later date."

When it does arrive, the game will boast five new vehicle classes, 40 races, and a four-player split-screen mode that's compatible with the online modes for up to 16 players. We doubt anybody is going to complain; we have plenty of other games to play, and plenty of reasons to have respect for what's happening out there.

Related Game(s): MotorStorm: Apocalypse

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NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

This may sound insensitive, but i dont really see the need to delay the game. It makes financial sense because more people will be willing to buy it when they dont have a catastrophic disaster fresh in the minds, but delaying it out of 'respect' or 'concern' or whatever just never made sense to me. Earthquakes happen and they suck, but pretending like they dont exist (in the entertainment industry at least) doesnt really help or hurt anyone.
Idk, i'm just rambling.

Mog
Mog
9 years ago

It does not make sense to you because you have not experienced it. One will never understand until they 'get into somebody elses skin and walk around in it' (a quote from to kill a mockingbird)
I dont understand your first point, people will not be willing to buy it at a time like this. It will actually downgrade the results and sells of the game if they are to release it now.
It is a good idea to postpone the release date in my eyes.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I don't think it's insensitive Bandit, I think they may be being overly sensitive. It isn't as if it takes place in tsunami ravaged Japan, that would be offensive.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/18/2011 10:41:19 PM

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

I think its something to do with respect to the deaths of likely 20,000 people.
imagine if your town along with its inhabitants got washed away!!!
It would suck cronos size [email protected]

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

But are their motives really respect? I wonder. Avoiding bad press could be more likely. We all saw Microsoft get raked over the coals for using the Tsunami to promote Bing.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/18/2011 11:47:00 PM

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

Respect at the moment but they probably don't want to put survivors in a position to re-traumatize themselves by playing the game so close to the event,but yeah i'd say bad press comes into the issue to.
After the 9/11 attacks the simpsons episode where homer goes up both towers was not shown on uk tv for ages,certain songs were not played on the radio as well.
These were done out of respect i would say.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I think fear drives them, fear of offending people.

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

"they probably don't want to put survivors in a position to re-traumatize themselves by playing the game so close to the event"

Sony isnt forcing Japanese people to play their game. Or anyone for that matter.

I have complete sympathy for everyone affected by the recent events, and i wish i could do more to help out, but i just don't get what Sony thinks they'll accomplish by delaying the game other than avoiding bad press.

If MS:A took place in Japan i'd suggest they delay it, just like how nobody would want to play Crysis 2 right after the 9/11 attack, but earthquakes happen, terrorists kill people, and shying away from it doesnt do any good at all.

jlch777
jlch777
9 years ago

Aaahhh Commoooon!!!

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I understand the delay as this situation is a sensitive one.

I find an irony, however, but maybe i'm just mis-attributing it. It seems sort of crazy to me that something like CoD Modern Warfare has turned into one of the greatest selling franchises of all time, even though we've been involved in a middle eastern conflict where soldiers have lost their lives with loved ones at home left in tragic circumstances. Granted, the middle eastern conflict isn't something that has happened quite so suddenly and so close to home as the Japanese have experienced it, but regardless, it's peculiar that one instance of global tragedy can stall the economic wheels of corporations, where as war and military conflict involving the death of loved ones can have the opposite effect on sales, even fueling the success of the greatest selling videogame commodity of all time.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

FYI there is a theme on the PS Store for download in which all proceeds will go towards the relief efforts in Japan ranging from $2 to $50.


Last edited by cLoudou on 3/18/2011 10:11:15 PM

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

Thanks for pointing that out. After seeing the news tonight and hearing that a plutonium reactor is in danger of a meltdown, I've decided to donate something. They said plutonium radiation would remain for up to 500,000 years.

Shiva369
Shiva369
9 years ago

Yeah, it's a great idea. Lots of people (like me) sorting thru the store browsing for games see the opportunity to donate and it's too easy to just click click and do something constructive. Good on PSN and Red Cross.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Sad for those who were waiting to get this Day 1. The wait has been slightly extended, no one likes that.

As for me, am waiting for a price drop to below half price, so not gonna be playing this one in a while. With so many quality titles this year, sacrifices have to be made. Sorry Motorstorm. ūüôĀ

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Well played guys, an interesting way to get the press focused on the game.

CoolBLKguy
CoolBLKguy
9 years ago

I don't think people in Japan are sitting around thinking, "they better not bring out Motorstorm Apocalypse or I'll be pissed." Bringing the game out and donating a $1 to Japan for each game sold on the first day would be more logical.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

News flash: The game is being published by SCE. Is now REALLY the time for a Japanese company to be releasing a game about earthquakes and devastated cities? No it's not. Would it look absolutely ludicrous for them to ONLY postpone the game in Japan but release it everywhere else as if the world didn't care about what happened to their homeland? Yes it would.

It's called "timing" people. Now is not the time for a Japanese company to be doing this. Besides, how do we know that half the staff or their families haven't been affected by what's happened? Could it also be that SCE is showing a little respect for its employees and the pain they're going through? It's very possible.


Last edited by Alienange on 3/19/2011 1:00:13 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Will their pain be lessened by a month or two of time? Is it any more okay to release the video game then?

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Besides the fact that it could be seen as insensitive and distasteful, they are having all kinds of shipping issues due to the earthquake and the tsunami's.

I think it is a bad time to release the game, but other than that, it's probably difficult to get much of anything done over there right now.

Danny007
Danny007
9 years ago

Even though I'm psyched to play the game, it seems like the responsible move to make by delaying this game. Plus, I do realize that Portal 2 and Socom 4 are going to come out the following Tuesday so I'm going to have a lot to play already in April. I'm just hoping that Motorstorm 3 will be launching at the end of next month instead.

___________
___________
9 years ago

what?
sony actually gave AU something BEFORE the US!?
*faints*

this just in, hell has frozen over, theres a pink pig flying out my window, scooby doo is downstairs making my dinner, and theres aliens in the white house signing a universal peace treaty!

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i wonder if a movie like 2012 would have been delayed. the 3rd birthday features the devestated offices of square. is it being delayed?

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

Just as long as I get play it…. THIS YEAR.

faraga
faraga
9 years ago

Uhm, I was at several stores where they sell video games today, and guess what, ALL of them had Motorstorm 3. Anyways it's out in Europe already ūüôā

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

I don't care what they come up with but at least these 4 things I want:

1. Easier AI – The AI is horrible when it comes to playing. I mean they are so goddamn hard to beat later on in the games. They do the stupid slingshotting which annoys me more than makes the game harder. To me that is no skill at all.

2. Better online. Online lacks quite a lot from the previous titles. I would like to see a more user friendly and more organized interface.

3. Custom soundtracks online. There hasn't been a ps3 title where that is supported and yet to be one. Let this be the 1st.

4. The last would be 60fps yes 60 frames per second would enhance my experience overall and really every racing game should at least support this. The last two title's frame rates were good motorstorm pacific rift fell behind a bit but not too far, so I hope evolution can pull this one off.

When I here of these push backs i hope it's problems in-game getting solved not shipping dates not working out.

Snorge
Snorge
9 years ago

"3. Custom soundtracks online. There hasn't been a ps3 title where that is supported and yet to be one. Let this be the 1st."

Incorrect: LittleBigPlanet 1 and 2 allows this in the pod and Killzone 2 allows this in online play only….I must say, there are not enough games that utilize this feature though