Earthquake Brings Cancellations and Delays
The Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami have brought widespread devastation to Japan, and as the relief effort begins, news is beginning to filter through of a number of cancellations and delays for planned videogame releases.
We’ll be updating this post as we hear more. For those wishing to donate to the relief effort, we recommend the Red Cross or the Japan Society.
As we’ve already reported this morning, Irem has announced the cancellation of Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories. Set for release for PlayStation 3 this spring, the game opened with an earthquake hitting a major Japanese city.
Sega has confirmed that Ryu Ga Gotoku Of The End, a spin-off from the Yakuza series which tells of a zombie apocalypse leading to the destruction of the fictional Tokyo district of Kamurocho, has been delayed indefininitely. It was originally set for release this Thursday, March 17, but its release date is now listed as TBA, with the publisher citing “various circumstances” as having caused the delay, according to Andriasang.
Sony’s MotorStorm: Apocalypse was also set for release this week, but that too is now listed as TBA, according to Andriasang. Sony has also halted service at its PlayStation information and repair services, and warned that while its PlayStation Network online service is up and running, users may experience connectivity problems.
Microsoft has cancelled a planned promotional tour, the Kinect Experience Caravan Car Event, in which it would drive trucks containing Kinect demo pods from Hiroshima to Fukuoka, Chiba, Kyoto and Kobe. It has also announced delays to Xbox Live starter kits and the Dragon Age Origins Awakening expansion pack, citing distribution issues following the quake.
Capcom has delayed the first downloadable content for Marvel Vs Capcom 3. New characters Jill Valentine and Shuma Gorath were to be released on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network tomorrow, March 15. We're waiting to hear back from Capcom if the delay will apply worldwide.