MotorStorm Apocalypse Gets UK Release Date

March 22, 2011 Written by Zak Islam

After the tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, Sony delayed the release of MotorStorm Apocalypse worldwide, including in the United Kingdom. Initially, the Japanese version was pushed back, followed closely by a UK delay and then a North American delay for the PlayStation 3 exclusive racer. Now, however, Sony’s announced a new UK release date for the game.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has confirmed that MotorStorm Apocalypse will be releasing in the United Kingdom on March 31st – that’s next Thursday.

MotorStorm Apocalypse was originally intended to release in the UK last Friday, but then issued the following statement notifying fans of the delay:

Although we have shipped the game into the channel last week, given that we are able to do so, we have chosen to postpone the launch in the UK.

Sony talked about the recent catastrophes in Japan:

We are shocked and saddened to see the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and our thoughts are with all those affected, including our colleagues within the Sony family, living and working throughout Japan.

The company continued:

We are very conscious of the parallels between these events and the underlying theme in Motorstorm and are doing everything we can to be as sensitive as possible to the situation. Although the game itself is already in distribution, we are ceasing any further shipments and removing as much of the marketing materials as possible.

A new North American release date for the game remains to be announced.