Volcano clouds Silent Hill plans

Unless you’ve got travel plans, you might think that the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland won’t affect you directly… but Konami have news for you.

It seems that the ash cloud erupting from Eyjafjallajökull is actually having a significant impact on the international gaming industry, with Australia and New Zealand being hit by delayed game releases – and there are more on the way.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Harry receives the bad news

While various game releases were potentially going to be a bit late following the original eruption and grounding of flights, today’s new cloud of ash (as reported early this morning) has resulted in further international flight delays, forcing major freight companies to announce there are “substantial” freight shipments building up around the world, and they are “uncertain” how quickly the backlog will be cleared.

Stuck in this backlog are copies of eagerly-anticipated horror title Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for Wii, already months behind the rest-of-the-world release and due to be released on April 22nd. That’s now been postponed until further notice, thanks to the cancellation of flights out of Europe that has seen shipments of the game stuck in transit.

We’ve heard from Mindscape, Konami‘s Australian / New Zealand distributors that other ash-delayed titles include Karaoke Revolution (Wii and PS3) and Puzzle Chronicles (on PSP and DS). The PSP and PS2 versions of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories will be available on Friday April 23rd. We also hear that Sports Island (DS), GTi Club Supermini Festa (Wii) and Scene It? Twilight (Wii / DS) may also be delayed should these volcanic disruptions continue.

It seems inevitable that there will be other, similar announcements to this one in the coming days (perhaps weeks), but at this stage, Mindscape are the only ones to have come forward. They reassure us that their freight forwarder is in close contact with airline partners (at global, regional and local levels), keeping an eye on the situation and working to develop alternative solutions as the situation may require.

Until the ash cloud subsides and Eyjafjallajökull stops erupting, you might have to carry on without buying any new games. It’s what Pyramid Head would have wanted.

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