Earthquake Delays Japanese Release of Destruction-Themed Games
In the wake of the stunningly disastrous earthquake and ensuing tsunamis and aftershocks that hit Japan last week, one could hardly expect the Japanese gaming public to be all that enthusiastic about news games that are about cities being destroyed. Thus, Motorstorm Apocalypse and Ryū ga Gotoku Of the End (pictured) have been delayed indefinitely in the country, and Disaster Report 4 has been cancelled outright.
All these games shows destroyed cities in one form or another; Motorstorm (previously set for April 17) being about a racing festival taking place during a natural disaster, the new Yakuza game (planned for release this week) featuring a zombie invasion that destroys a part of Tokyo and Disaster Report 4, of course, taking place in a fictional city right after it is destroyed in a major earthquake.
Interestingly, Kotaku says Disaster Report 4 actually jumped up the Amazon.jp pre-order charts in the wake of the earthquake.