Sony Shutting Down Afrika Servers In Japan

By Ishaan . July 23, 2010 . 10:40am


Back during E3 2006, Sony announced Afrika, a safari simulation for Playstation 3. While not much information was divulged about the game in the following months, Afrika was eventually revealed as a game where players would take on the role of a photo journalist.


Afrika was initially a Japan / Asia exclusive. Eventually, the game was published in North America by Natsume.


One of Afrika’s features is that the game allows you to share photos you’ve taken in the game online. Come August 31st, if you live in Japan, you may not be able to do that anymore, as SCEJ recently announced they will be shutting down the game’s servers on that date. The announcement points out, though, that the offline game will remain unaffected.

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  • Hiryuu

    Am I the only one that never saw this game up til now?

    I mean not that it interests me or anything but…

    • Corey Scott

      Nope, echoing that.

    • BJ Witts

      A very underrated/overlooked title. Nothing quite like it on the PS3. Beautiful graphics, lots of exploration, photo-sim gameplay, educational (packed with National Geographic videos, images, info, etc), and an easy Platinum.

  • Strider Tom-Tom

    I really hope they don’t close down the NA servers, especially if players want to import to europe but I guess there are no online trophies and online is only a very small part which doesen’t affect the game anyway.

    • BJ Witts

      There are no online servers in NA. Offline only. You apparently haven’t played this game. You still have the ability to save your photos to the HD and share with friends though.

      • Strider Tom-Tom

        you’re right, i was assuming there were NA servers, cheers bud

  • Tim_at_where

    I find it rather ironic that @Playstation #SCEA did NOT bring this over to America by themselves, considering their focus nowadays is graphics.

    Heck, Afrika is a Hi Def game, yet Natsume USA brought this over. I wonder why…

    • Tommy Lee

      They’re focus is “hardcore” gameplay with pretty HD graphics. Or is it the other way around? Either way, this game is too “casual” for SCEA to be associated with them.

  • BJ Witts

    $30 shipped at

  • YoFace

    Needs more vuvuzela’s to keep it going.

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