Not-So Silent Hill Causes Konami Game Delays

You know how ash from the Icelandic volcano has disrupted plane travel to and from Europe? Well, we've heard there were video games on some of those cancelled flights.

Mindscape, the Australian distributor for Konami, has told us that several of its upcoming releases have been delayed as a result of a new cloud of ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in south-east Iceland.

"Due to the second eruption of the Iceland volcano and further disruption to flights, our shipment of Wii stock will be delayed," a Mindscape spokesperson told Kotaku.

"One of the world’s leading freight forwarders, Expeditors, has advised this morning that, due to the substantial freight shipments that are building up around the world, they are uncertain how quickly the backlog will be cleared."

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii) will definitely miss its scheduled April 22 release date, although the PS2 and PSP versions are on track to make it into most stores this Friday. Puzzle Chronicles (PSP, DS) and Karaoke Revolution (PS3, Wii) have also been delayed until flights resume, while future releases Scene It? Twilight (Wii, DS), GTi Club Supermini Festa (Wii) and Sports Island (DS) may also be delayed, should the disruption continue.

We've contacted every games distributor in the country to ascertain whether any other game releases have or might be affected. We'll let you know if we have any updates.

[Image: National Geographic]


Comments

    *tips hat* @ Headline

      Yes, it truly was a pun for the ages.

      In other news: Iceland has gone down in my books. I mean, they had Vikings, but Vikings never inconvenienced European air travel.

    Volcanoes are copping a bit of flack at the moment but I think the prevailing winds around the Atlantic have some answering to do.

      The above statement by Manda is an excellent example of why I should check the log in status with the facebook connect feature.

      I highly doubt my girlfriend would ever comment on this site

        Dean,

        I highly doubt you have a girlfriend..

          Ouch Jess

          But in a way you are correct because she just became my fiancee.

          Gaming tragics can also have happy endings ;)

    This better not carry on into next week, or I'll be chartering a boat to go pick up my copy of Super Street Fighter IV!

      Yeah I agree, I need my Super Street Fighter IV and Monster Hunter Tri!! I won't be very happy if either of those get delayed!!

    Does anyone know where I can get a hi-res of that image?

      Me too, would make a nice wallpaper

    I was fine with the fore-coming apocalypse but now it has interrupted my gaming!

    Scene It!: Twilight will be delayed???

    OH THE HUGE MANATEE!!!!!!!!!

    STOP THE WORLD! I WANNA GET OFF!!

    If this crisis has taught me anything it's how the world might look without large amounts of air traffic. Come the Zombie Apocalypse I might not be able to get ahold of the newest games :/

    Hittin' up some downloadable games tonight I guess

    If nintendo let people print games OUTSIDE their own manufacturing this would never have occured

    this is why PSP and PS2 is ok

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