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MotorStorm 3 Delayed In Japan

Sony suspends information and repair service.

Originally slated for the 17th of this month, MotorStorm 3 (known to us as MotorStorm: Apocalypse) has been delayed in Japan, with a new release date still unannounced. This is due to “various circumstances” possibly linking to last week’s catastrophic 8.9 earthquake that devastated the North East, and was then followed by a tsunami.

Due to there being a power shortage, especially in the Miyagi region, electric companies have advised consumers and businesses alike to cut power usage, meaning Sony’s information and repair centre is currently offline. However, the PlayStation Network is still up and running, though Sony have said that connecting to the service will be patchy over the next week or so.

Sony isn’t the only gaming company taking a knock from last week’s events, as Konami and Square Enix have had to temporarily shut down Metal Gear Online, Final Fantasy XI, and Final Fantasy XVI with Capcom cancelling a gallery of events which were to take place over the past weekend.

Here at TSA, we fully understand the severity of last week’s natural disaster, with the death toll climbing into the thousands. Though this story is gaming-related we don’t want to deter readers from the more down-to-earth, harrowing reports which are still circulating in Japan’s North East.

Source: Andriasang

  1. nofi
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    Disaster Report 4 has been cancelled, too.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 08:37.
    • JoshHood
      Small briefcase w*nker
      Since: Forever

      Completely cancelled? Woah, I thought that was pretty far along.

      Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 08:40.
      • JoshHood
        Small briefcase w*nker
        Since: Forever

        But obviously completely justified.

        Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 23:26.
  2. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    understandable they’d put the release off, they did the same thing in new zealand after the earthquake there.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 08:41.
  3. hol
    Since: Oct 2009

    It would be very poor judgement to release any game with those themes at this time. Maybe in 6 months if at all.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 08:57.
    • kjkg
      Since: Apr 2010

      Yeh, although I’m sure these are the main reasons for cancelling, people must have started to think it would have been distasteful to release a game based around an earthquake so soon after the disaster.

      Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 09:11.
  4. Crazy_Del
    Since: Jul 2009

    I think it’s a good idea to delay the game in a couple of months time, maybe after summer or longer!
    Was reading the Metro, worst crisis since WWII!
    Onagawa, Sendai and Fukushima (Nuclear Reactors) got hit hard. I hope they will recover and my heart goes out to survivors who lost their home, and to Hiromitsu Shinkawa for surviving 2 days in the sea. I hope there are other survivors as they have been some reports they are missing.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 09:10.
  5. mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    All the best to those affected. Still waiting to hear from a mate I met backpacking who lives in Tokyo :(

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 09:18.
  6. Smallville2106
    Since: Feb 2011

    I really hope lots of survivors are found. I can’t imagine what it must be like for those affected. My heart goes out to them.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 09:40.
  7. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    I moan a lot about living in England but these things always make me realise how lucky I actually am.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 10:11.
    • cam the man
      Since: May 2009

      Yeah, we moan about mother nature here but it’s pretty mild compared with a lot of places around the world.
      I hope there’s a lot more survivors than what they fear.

      Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 14:14.
  8. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Watching the devastation there is truly shocking and put’s everything into perspective.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 10:16.
    • Grey_Ghost13
      Since: Aug 2009

      Completely agree, and it’s not just the loss of life, it’s the complete and utter devastation of everything, whole towns swept out to sea, tanker ships swept inland, docks and ports ablaze, it’s just mind boggling how much has been destroyed. I really do hope the country can recover as soon as possible and that the death toll is not as high as feared.

      Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 10:25.
  9. Shakugan
    Since: Mar 2010

    I pray they find survivors… I wish i was there to help people… :[

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 10:37.
  10. bunimomike
    Since: Jul 2009

    Media sensitivity always kicks in when there’s an (inter)national disaster. I remember Martika’s single, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ being pulled from playlists when San Francisco had a nasty ‘quake.

    Comment posted on 14/03/2011 at 11:39.

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