What Happened To Afrika?
Update: Thanks to the efforts of Thomas Williams and his The PlayStation 3 Guys blog, we have some added information on the matter. After querying Ellen Stanley, Vice President of Communications for National Geographic, he received this response:
"The original release identified the game incorrectly as a National Geographic branded game. That is not the case. Afrika is a Sony game, and is in current distribution in Asia. For further information on the game, I suggest that you reach out to Sony."
So there you have it. We thought we had heard something about Afrika becoming available in Asia, and we remain hopeful that it will eventually arrive in other regions. We still think it could show up as a downloadable title on the PSN...guess we'll have to wait and see.
It feels a little weird checking the National Geographic website to ascertain the status of a supposedly incoming video game, but hey, times are changing.
As GameZine.co.uk points out, Afrika for the PlayStation 3 has disappeared from the aforementioned site, which doesn't bode well for the game's eventual release. National Geographic has entered the game world with the launch of a new division that would "work in conjunction with companies like Namco Bandai and Sony." Sony Japan's Afrika was part of this new endeavor, but now...where has it gone? We just saw a press release in December, so we were hopeful that the unique and innovative title might soon arrive on store shelves. However, the game title is now suspiciously missing from that very same press release, and that could indicate bad news. Any number of things could've happened, but none of the possibilities are good: maybe things weren't going too well in that new games division and Sony took the game back. Maybe we're facing a delay. Maybe the entire damn thing has been canceled. Who knows? We hope to hear of new information and details concerning Afrika very soon, because we're certainly in need of a clarification.
Then again, perhaps they faced difficulty in generating interest for a game that has you photographing wildlife...and not doing much of anything else. If we think about it, though, we have an idea- with the PSN doing so very well, Afrika seems best suited to be a downloadable title, does it not? So maybe this transformation is the cause of the delay...
Related Game(s): Afrika
3/9/2009 Ben Dutka