Published on March 15th, 2011 | by Louis Garcia, Contributor
Earthquake Results in Delayed, Canceled Games
According to 1up.com, quite a few games will have delayed releases or not see the light of day at all after the devastating earthquake — the worst in Japan’s recorded history and fifth worst in the last 110 years in the world — and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday and continues to affect the country.
Though video games are the last thing many people are worrying about, the industry has been affected by the catastrophe.
Irem has cancelled Disaster Report 4 (also known as Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4), a PlayStation 3 game that takes place in a city that has just endured the devastation of an earthquake.
Disaster Report 4
SEGA’s Yakuza of the End, which was set to release this week, has been delayed indefinitely. This iteration in the series was very different, featuring zombies in a ruined version of the series’ fictitious Japanese city of Kamurocho.
Other delays include Motorstorm Apocalypse (in Japan), Marvel vs. Capcom 3 downloadable content, and shipments of certain Xbox 360 products to Japan (including BioWare’s Dragon Age II and Xbox Live Gold subscription cards).
1up also reported that both Square-Enix and Konami have taken steps to conserve electricity.
Konami has temporarily taken the servers for Metal Gear Online offline as of March 12. No date has been set for when they will be back up and running. The servers for both Final Fantasy XI and XIV have been turned off as well.
Lastly, a number of video game developers and publishers have pledged donations to relief efforts. Game Informer‘s Meagan Marie is auctioning off her original red DS personally signed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Koji Kondo (As of this writing it is up to $1,225) to raise donation money for the Red Cross. Former Electronic Gaming Monthly writer, Shawn Smith, is donating 100 percent of net proceeds to the Red Cross this week when you purchase either of these two characters from Shawnimals.