MotorStorm: Apocalypse

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VideoMotorStorm Apocalypse DLC trailer

Supercar Elite available for limited time only.

Digital FoundryMotorStorm Apocalypse: 1080p Performance Analysis

Frame-rate tests on Evolution's full HD experience.

Digital FoundryMotorStorm Apocalypse: 720p Performance Analysis

Check out the performance profile in standard 720p mode.

Digital FoundryMotorStorm Apocalypse: 3D Performance Analysis

Remarkably solid performance in stereoscopic mode.

Key events

Looks like MotorStorm buggies are coming to DriveClub

UPDATE: Now available as a free download via PlayStation Store.

UPDATE 1/4/15 8.55am: Sony has released the previously-leaked MotorStorm buggy DLC for DriveClub today as a special April Fools' Day present (but don't worry, this actually is real).

MotorStorm: Apocalypse updated

MotorStorm: Apocalypse updated

Mode editor, vehicle sharing, more.

PlayStation 3 exclusive racing game MotorStorm: Apocalypse has been updated with a raft of new features.

A mode editor has been added, which lets you create your own modes then play them in multiplayer.

You can also share customised vehicles, and upload designs to MotorStorm.com. Your mates can download them from there and use them in their own games.

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EU PlayStation Store update 13th July

EU PlayStation Store update 13th July

LA Noire: Reefer! Free MotorStorm DLC!

It's a quiet week for the PlayStation Store. Sony's Welcome Back offer has ended and the company has now caught up with the backlog left by the PSN downtime.

There are no new PS3 or PSP games to download, but a few decent dollops of DLC.

A day after its launch on Xbox 360, PS3 owners can now investigate Rockstar's final L.A. Noire episode. The Reefer Madness vice case pits Cole Phelps against a city-wide dope ring and is free for those who own the Rockstar Pass.

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Evolution recounts MotorStorm launch

Evolution recounts MotorStorm launch

"We did the right thing when we delayed it."

MotorStorm: Apocalypse developer Evolution Studios has recounted the PlayStation 3 exclusive's troubled launch following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan.

Last month Sony postponed the UK launch of MotorStorm: Apocalypse just days before it was due to go on sale.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe noted the unfortunate similarities between Apocalypse's fictional setting and the tragic events of March.

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EU PlayStation Store Update 6th April

The PlayStation Store has been redesigned. A bit.

There are new sections you'll notice when you tootle down the virtual aisles today. There's a top-level Demos category; a Franchises section to group all content by, say, Call of Duty; a Charts section for the most popular forms of all Store content; easier to find Themes and Avatars; and a more organised PlayStation Plus area.

Those changes are presented with a new cosmetic flourish.

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Digital FoundryThe Making of MotorStorm Apocalypse

Digital Foundry talks to Evolution Studios about its most ambitious racer yet.

Finally released this week, Evolution Studios' MotorStorm Apocalypse marks the arrival of another high-quality, high-profile first-party release for the PlayStation 3. Sporting state-of-the-art environment deformation, 1080p and 3D support, superb dynamic lighting and an even more refined version of the franchise's remarkable physics engine, this is still clearly a MotorStorm game, albeit one quite unlike of its predecessors.

Vote for MotorStorm car comp winner

Two designs, but only one will be made.

Earlier this month we invited you to design a car for MotorStorm Apocalypse, which would then be built into the game and distributed over the PlayStation Network by the game's developer, Evolution Studios.

New UK MotorStorm release date

New UK MotorStorm release date

Tsunami-delayed racer due next Thursday.

Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer the new MotorStorm: Apocalypse release date of next Thursday, 31st March.

The PS3 racing game was delayed following the earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated Japan.

MotorStorm: Apocalypse stages races around an earthquake-ravaged cityscape based on San Francisco. Sony was "very conscious of the parallels" between the Evolution-developed game and the events in Japan and announced a last-minute MotorStorm: Apocalypse delay.

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GAME cancels all MotorStorm pre-orders

GAME cancels all MotorStorm pre-orders

HMV won't sell the game Friday either.

All online pre-orders of MotorStorm Apocalypse on GAME and Gamestation have been cancelled as the shop "rapidly" adjusts to Sony's last minute delay, Eurogamer can reveal.

HMV customers, Eurogamer has been told, retain their pre-orders but won't receive MotorStorm Apocalypse this Friday - they'll be informed of a new date when there is one.

Crucially, you will not be able to buy MotorStorm Apocalypse at either GAME, Gamestation or HMV on Friday.

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Sony: 3D "could become the norm"

But predicts a "long haul to get there".

Many believe stereoscopic 3D TVs are too expensive and having to wear glasses to use the tech is a pain but Sony reckons 3D "could become the norm" in just a few short years.

Sony delays MotorStorm's Japan launch

Sony delays MotorStorm's Japan launch

Japan PSN may be difficult to connect to.

Sony has delayed the Japanese launch of action racing game MotorStorm: Apocalypse following last week's devastating earthquake.

Apocalypse, by UK studio Evolution, sees players drive around a San Francisco-inspired fictional US city as it is ravaged by an earthquake.

MotorStorm was due for release in Japan on 17th March. It is now listed as TBA, according to Andriasang.

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Sony cancels games across UK studios

Sony cancels games across UK studios

Sony London, Liverpool and Evolution hit.

Sony has cancelled a number of games in development at its UK first-party developers and made an undisclosed number of people redundant.

Projects at Sony London, Sony Liverpool and Evolution Studios have been axed.

"It has been decided that production on a small number of projects within London Studio, Studio Liverpool, and Evolution Studios will be streamlined or closed due to a portfolio review and project prioritisation," Sony said in a statement issued this afternoon.

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EU Playstation Store update 9th March

EU Playstation Store update 9th March

MotorStorm demo! BC Rearmed 2 demo!

The PlayStation Store has been refreshed but will be taken down for maintenance at 4.05pm UK time today.

It won't be up and running again until 3am tomorrow morning.

Nevertheless, those fast enough have access to a single-player MotorStorm Apocalypse demo. Eurogamer's MotorStorm Apocalypse review was published this morning, the racing game scoring 8/10. "It works because it's not subtle. Not much about Apocalypse is, from the crushing orchestral dubstep soundtrack, through the astounding visual assault of bounding cars, flying masonry, landslides, dust clouds, twisters and moody, filtered light, to its sheer breakneck speed," judged Oli Welsh.

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MotorStorm: Apocalypse

MotorStorm: Apocalypse

Richter grin.

Early last year, three talented British studios were preaching the resurrection of the mass-market arcade racing game. Racers were stuck in a hardcore rut, they argued. Players demand cinematic action, spectacle and storytelling, and fierce, ruthless competition, they said. We can be up there with first-person shooters if we just dream big enough, they claimed.

Then two of them released their games Bizarre's Blur and Black Rock's Split/Second and although they were both excellent, they flopped, sales dwarfed by games in the simulation 'niche' they were trying to escape. Blur's failure eventually led to Bizarre's demise a few weeks ago, a respected developer brought to its knees in two and a half short years.

You have to wonder if gamers are as desperate for the brash Hollywood racing experience as these studios thought. With Criterion staying out of the rhetoric and weathering the lean times in Need for Speed's impregnable brand bunker, it's just Evolution Studios the Sony-owned Cheshire outfit located not too far away from Bizarre's now-empty premises left standing in the pulpit, looking rather exposed.

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Design a car for MotorStorm Apocalypse

Win the game and get your creation on PSN.

It's less than a week now until four scientifically chosen Eurogamer readers journey to the promised land of London to compete for a some-expenses-paid holiday to E3 in Los Angeles and a massive 3DTV.

Architect of the Apocalypse

MotorStorm Apocalypse designer Simon Barlow on balancing gameplay with blockbuster bombast.

MotorStorm was never the sort of racer to play nicely or encourage gentlemanly conduct, but for its third PS3 incarnation the series looks set to crank its destructive tendencies up to 11. Set in and around a San Francisco-styled city during a major earthquake, populated by warring gangs of lunatics, it takes the rough and tumble racing that series fans know and love, and injects a retina-dazzling dose of disaster movie bombast into the mix.

Eurogamer Readers vs. MotorStorm Apocalypse

Eight men enter. Only four survive.

Two consoles running MotorStorm Apocalypse. Two massive televisions. A lot of high quality junk food. And eight men. But only four places available at Sony's epic Apocalypse event in London next month. We're at a secret, highly coveted Brighton location (OK, the gig room upstairs at our mate's pub) to decide which of eight Eurogamer readers - scientifically chosen according to their gaming prowess/ability to fill in a web form - will be put forward to represent us against readers from other websites and magazines in bloody vehicular combat. Etc.

MotorStorm Apocalypse: Win a 3DTV and a trip to E3!

Entrants must submit to electrocution and earthquakes. Not kidding.

Hello reader(s)! As you will know if you care about all that is good and explodey, the third instalment in Sony and Evolution Studios' mountain-jumping, mud-plugging, target-rendering MotorStorm series is due for release in the UK on 18th March exclusively for PlayStation 3.

Sony dates MotorStorm: Apocalypse

EU gets game before US, with different art.

OTT PlayStation 3 racer MotorStorm: Apocalypse hoons into European stores from 16th March, developer Evolution Studios has confirmed.

MotorStorm: Apocalypse out spring 2011

Skyline track "sets benchmark for 3D gaming".

Sony's PlayStation 3 exclusive arcade racer MotorStorm Apocalypse will launch spring 2011, games director Matt Southern revealed on the EU PlayStation Blog. A demo will release some time next year.

No unfair edge with 3D - MotorStorm dev

3D gamers "ones with jaws closest to floor".

The developer behind stereoscopic 3D-enabled racer MotorStorm: Apocalypse has insisted gamers who own a flashy 3DTV will not benefit from an unfair advantage.

Sony announces 3D line-up

Sony announces 3D line-up

MotorStorm, GT5, Sly, KZ3, more.

Sony has made a big song and dance about supporting 3D during its E3 press conference and said which titles will offer it on PS3.

Headliners include Killzone 3 - an extended demo of which was shown in stereoscopic 3D for everyone in the audience at the conference - and Gran Turismo 5, LittleBigPlanet 2 and MotorStorm: Apocalypse.

The rumoured Sly Raccoon Collection is another 3D-supporting title, and consists of HD updates of the excellent PS2 platform games.

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MotorStorm: Apocalypse

Devil's playground.

If there's music playing at the end of the world, it will probably be dubstep, the brutally slow, lurching concoction of industrial beats and weapons-grade bass distortion currently dominating the dancefloors of London and the teenage bedrooms of Antwerp. If there's music playing at crusty extreme sports festivals - like the festival of outlaw off-road racing that's the fantasy of the MotorStorm games - around the world right now, it's probably dubstep too.

MotorStorm unconcerned by Split/Second

Evolution will "stick to this vision".

MotorStorm: Apocalypse game director Matt Southern has told Eurogamer that his initial reaction when he heard about the similarities between his game and Black Rock's Split/Second was to hold the course.

Sony unveils MotorStorm: Apocalypse

Sony unveils MotorStorm: Apocalypse

Due out early 2011 for PS3.

Sony has officially unveiled the third game in the MotorStorm series, which takes place during the apocalyptic disintegration of an unnamed American city.

MotorStorm: Apocalypse will be a PlayStation 3 exclusive and is due out in early 2011. "So we're just saying 2011. Probably first quarter 2011," game director Matt Southern told Eurogamer while we were doing a massive hands-on preview of the game.

Apocalypse takes place in a city smacked about by earthquakes, into which three characters have been thrown for a 48-hour-long MotorStorm festival. You'll get to play as each of them over the 6-8 hour campaign - the Rookie, the Survivor and the Veteran.

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