Sony Halts Earthquake-Themed Motorstorm Release

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Sony has pulled the plug on shipments of the game Motorstorm Apocalypse “to be as sensitive as possible” to the Japanese earthquake victims.The racing game is set on a dystopian, earthquake-ravaged version of the US and has been delayed because of its parallels to the Japanese earthquakes.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has ceased further shipments of the game to Europe where it was set for release later this week and is currently “monitoring the situation.”

“We are very conscious of the parallels between these [tsunami] events and the underlying theme in MotorStorm and are doing everything we can to be as sensitive as possible to the situation,” the company said in a statement.

Japanese game developer Irem has gone a step further and discontinued development of its PS3 title, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 – an earthquake disaster-themed survival game. Irem posted the ‘Apology and Notice of Release Discontinuation’ on its website on Monday.

Sega has similarly postponed the March 17 release of Yakuza: Of The End “in light of other circumstances,” it announced earlier this week on its Japanese website.

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