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LittleBigPlanet Delayed, Qur'an Cited as Reason

by Blake Ellison, Oct 17, 2008 9:24am PDT

Update 2: Sony has announced that LittleBigPlanet will now ship the week of October 27 in North America, with more details having surfaced on the song in question.

Update: LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule has revealed via its official site that a day-one patch was just completed and would have removed the offensive material.

However, publisher Sony decided that the "right thing to do for quality and support of people with no on-line was to replace existing disks." The company has yet to issue a new release date for the anticipated PlayStation 3 platforming game.

Original Story: Media Molecule's highly anticipated LittleBigPlanet (PS3) is facing a delay and recall from retailers--just a few days shy of release--after being finished nearly a month ago. CVG obtained this statement from Sony's European branch:

During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence that this may have caused.

Eurogamer has confirmed that the delay is worldwide. Further, since copies of the PlayStation 3-only platformer are already sitting in stock rooms all over the world, the game will be recalled from retailers.

A new release date has not been confirmed, though UK retailers--who began listing a delay a few days ago--are speculating the new release will come in the week of November 9.

LittleBigPlanet would not be the first game to face censorship on account of religious issues. In the past, Islamic material has been removed from games including Capcom's Zack & Wiki (Wii) and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64).





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