Devastation in Japan haults Game Industry

While game companies in Japan have took to donating money to the relief efforts in Japan, they are still effected in many different ways. Street Fighter 4 on the app store is now priced at 99 cents and all proceeds will go to relief efforts in Japan.

The big earthquake and horrible tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 is taking its toll on the game industry. Several games have been delayed or canceled either because of their content, because the time missed out on working on the game, or because the release was due in the near future.

Disaster Report 4, IREM’s latest disaster game that has faced delays for months due to quality control, has outright been canceled. The game features a big earthquake striking a city in what looks like to be Japan. You can see why it was canceled. I was looking forward to it only because I enjoyed Nintendo’s own Disaster Day of Crisis for the Wii, but I can’t get upset when Japan has faced a tragic catastrophe.

MotorStorm Apocalypse and Yakuza of the End both for the PlayStation 3 have been delayed in Japan due to their content. MotorStorm is a racing game, and the latest sequel is set in a post apocalyptic world (No word on a delay for the west, though the UK release is said to be up in the air). Yakuza of the End takes a departure from the usual gameplay, and adds in Zombies in what looks to be the end of the world.

Square-Enix has shut down their Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV servers temporarily to help conserve energy. The company has said the servers will be shut down for at least a week. Konami has also shut down their Metal Gear Online servers to conserve energy.

DLC for games such as Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood have also been delayed. Xbox Live in Japan was set to get new features but these have now been delayed as well. PlayStation Network is having problems in Japan and all users are being told to back up their content.

Nintendo has delayed Steel Diver for the Nintendo 3DS most likely due to it being released on March 17 after the earthquake happened. In the game you control a submarine and attack other ships. Content could apply here too, but it definitely hasn’t been canceled. Konami is delaying a Powerful Golf game for the DS.

Hideo Kojima of Konami and Yoshinori Ono of Capcom both were unable to make it to work due to power outages and will work from home on personal devices.

Several gaming events have also been effected. Capcom has canceled a tournament for Super Street Fighter 4 that was due for March 27th. However, they are trying to see if they can reschedule it for the future. They have also canceled all Monster Hunter Festa events

It seems that the majority has been delayed due to their release being near the earthquake. Totally understandable when the country of origin has faced major devastation.

I honestly hope Japan can make a quick recovery and that they do not face anymore disasters. The American Red Cross is sending $10 Million to the Red Cross Society of Japan, so our efforts aren’t in vein. I urge everyone to donate, the minimum is just $10.

Source: Andriasang

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About MidnightScott
I am a huge Nintendo fan, but I also own a PS3. I love video games, anime, music, movies, and the internet! The 3DS is really awesome and I'm looking forward to playing more fun and unique games in the future.

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