What's next? Is Sony going to delay Socom because there are wars going on around the world? If anything, Sony should have released MotorStorm on schedule and gave 10% of the proceeds towards rebuilding Japan.
Just ordered mine on "le bay" for roughly $62 after exchange rate. Remember your PS3 is region free. It will play any foreign version. I'm sure not waiting until this December 31st release date Amazon has listed.
I don't know about DLC being region free, but I doubt it. As far as I know all disc games are region free, but don't quote me on that. I have a European copy of Siren : Blood Curse that I bought for half the price Sony wants just to download it and it works fine. Research into it to be safe, but the copy of Motorstorm Apocalypse I bought was stated to be able to play in all regions of PS3s. As soon as I get my copy, I will let you know. As far as DLC, I will just sell my import copy and get an American version when it comes out for DLC. I really can't wait for this game.
Just got my copy of the game from Hong Kong. It works perfectly in my PS3. There is no difference really. All the in game content and instructions are in English. The box artwork is different than the one pictured and there is some foreign text on the outside box. The game is also titled "Motorstorm 3: Apocalypse" instead of simply "Motorstorm: Apocalypse". If you don't feel like waiting for the American release date, import it for the same price.
There is also a Region Free Asian Version with an all English option from Play Asia.com for $59 and shipping starts a $3.90. http://www.play-asia.com/MotorStorm_Apocalypse/paOS-13-71-bp-49-en-70-447g.html