Following from the recent earthquake disaster in Japan, Sony has wisely opted to delay the forthcoming release of MotorStorm Apocalypse in both Japan and the UK thus far. It was previously due to launch in just 3 days time on March 18.
“Although we have shipped the game into the channel last week, given that we are able to do so, we have chosen to postpone the launch in the UK,” a Sony spokesperson commented. “ We are shocked and saddened to see the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and our thoughts are with all those affected, including our colleagues within the Sony family, living and working throughout Japan.”
“We are very conscious of the parallels between these events and the underlying theme in Motorstorm and are doing everything we can to be as sensitive as possible to the situation. Although the game itself is already in distribution, we are ceasing any further shipments and removing as much of the marketing materials as possible.”
Considering that the game is set in a city amid a massive earthquake, it’s hard not to draw such parallels when real-life footage of Japan’s crisis unfolding is at the forefront of your mind. I think I can safely say that Sony has done the honourable thing here.