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MotorStorm Apocalypse rescheduled in Europe

Final Fantasy MMOs back online in Japan after tsunami devastation

Sony has rescheduled the release of MotorStorm Apocalypse in Europe, after the game's release date was delayed over sensitivity concerns following the Japanese earthquake.

MotorStorm Apocalypse was due to be released on March 18, but since its storyline involves off-road racing in a city devastated by earthquakes and tsunami the game and its marketing was quickly pulled by publisher Sony.

Despite the ongoing disaster still making headlines the game now has a new release date of Thursday, March 31 - making for a total delay of less than two weeks.

Another knock-on effect of the earthquake has been the disruption of online services for several prominent titles in Japan, including Metal Gear Online and Final Fantasy XI and XIV.

Square Enix now reports, via sister site Eurogamer, that the servers for the company's two massively multiplayer online titles will be back online this week.

"Please be aware, however, that we may once again be required to suspend services in the event that the power situation worsens," reads a post on the game's official website.

Because of the outages the company will not be charging users during April. The return to service comes after online teams shut down non-essential equipment such as air conditioning and extraneous lighting, in order to conserve power for the servers themselves.

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