May 25, 2007 - Good news for the few thousand Japanese PS3 owners who purchased Motorstorm in late 2006. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has decided to release an online expansion pack for the game. Set for release on 6/20, the free update will add 12 player online play (domestic rivals only) along with a time attack mode. The download requires 542 megabytes of hard disk space.
If you picked up Motorstorm in your part of the world earlier this year, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Japan got Motorstorm first late last year, but the game shipped without any form of multiplayer play. There was some initial concern that Sony would not upgrade the title to international spec, but those concerns have thankfully been cleared.
Sony will also be distributing a demo alongside the expansion pack. The demo will include a single course and two cars, but will not have any form of multiplayer play.
While the expansion pack is free, Sony has also announced some micro-transaction based Motorstorm content for the Japanese market. The Booster Pack Vol.1 and New Machine Pack Vol.1 will hit the Japanese PlayStation Store some time after July.