Apocalyptic Games Halted and Cancelled
In a rather useless gesture, several companies have announced that in respect for the recent tragedies in Japan, they would be halting or even cancelling the production of certain games that featured mass damage to society thanks to natural disasters.
So far Sony have stated that they have halted the production of the PlayStation 3 racing game “MotorStorm 3: Apocalypse,” which involved players racing through certain tracks while the environment around them is destroyed by natural disasters. It was set for release in America and Europe on the 2nd week of April. It is likely though that since the game is finished it will still be released, but in deference Sony havn’t confirmed when yet.
Sega’s next installment in the Yakuza series has been delayed. Titled “Yakuza: Of the End,” the game features a zombie outbreak on the island of Japan. While this isn’t exactly a natural disaster, they jumped on the Sony bandwagon and halted the game’s release for an indeterminate ammount of time.
However, this isn’t even the biggest “me too, I’m sensitive!” move from a gaming firm. “Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” was released by Capcom a few weeks ago; it too features apocalyptic themes. However, of course the company can’t hold back the release since it’s already out there, so what are they doing? Delaying the release of two new characaters via DLC. How respectful.. eurgh.
“Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4,” better known as “Disaster Report 4” in the U.S. is being made by Irem, a Tokyo based developer, or is it? In fact they’ve become the first developer to completely cancel a game in respect to the Japanese disaster.
We get it guys, you want to be sensitive. But how about you release the games anyway, and then give a portion of the profits to help rebuild the country? How does it help Japan in any way to not release a game?