Local Development Rocked By Tragic Disaster
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of people affected by the tragic earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan last week - and pleasingly, several games companies have pledged financial support to help raise money to help the victims. Japanese games development has also been rocked by the disaster; resulting in the delay of many games and the shutdown of several servers to aid in the energy conservation effort. We have the details below.
UPDATE: Several more gaming giants (including Nintendo and Sony) have promised millions of dollars to the cause, as well as over 300,000 emergency radios and supplies.
Sports Interactive have announced that they'll be donating all profits from the mobile version of Football Manager to a disaster relief fund. The initiative will last until the end of the week, and you can grab it here.
Zynga, the casual powerhouse behind the Farmville franchise, has launched a similar drive. All in-game microtransaction profits will go directly to Save The Children, and Facebook will also be donating its 30% cut to the cause. Get to your farms, people!
Naturally you can also donate directly to the disaster relief fund at the Red Cross Website.
As far as local development is concerned, naturally studios and publishers are looking to do their bit to help conserve energy and give their staffers enough emotional time off to deal with the aftermath. Square Enix has confirmed server shutdowns for several games, and many titles have been delayed including Motorstorm Apocalypse and the unfortunately-named Disaster Report 4. The West won't be affected by too many of these measures, but we have yet to see whether the will affect development of many of this year's biggest triple-A Japanese titles. I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that we fully understand- and don't mind waiting.
Have we missed a charity initiative? Please give us - and link to - the details!