LittleBigPlanet Bumped Back to October 27

Facing religious outcry due to the use of Qur'an verses in one of the game's songs, the North American release of LittleBigPlanet will now arrive the week of October 27.

Developed by Media Molecule, the physics-based PlayStation 3-exclusive platformer was originally slated to hit North American store shelves next Tuesday, October 21.

"Sorry for the delay, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get LittleBigPlanet to you as soon as possible," Patrick Seybold, a representative from publisher Sony Computer Entertainment America, wrote on the PlayStation.Blog.

The song in question--"Tapha Niang" from Grammy award-winning artist Toumani Diabate--contains two verses from the Islamic holy text Qur'an. The tune was released in 2006 and has not generated any controversy until now, according to Joystiq.

Developer Media Molecule was ready to resolve the issue with a day-one patch, but noted that publisher Sony decided the "right thing to do for quality and support of people with no on-line was to replace existing disks."

From The Chatty
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    October 17, 2008 12:09 PM

    a bunch of colleagues of mine found it at a retailed down the street, today october 17. wierd.

    i hope they dont get any online-block until the 27th

    for montreal shackers. it was the gambuzz on ste-catherine, but they are now sold out as most of my colleagues emptied the stock they had. the last batch coming back to work was funny to see all down and shit.

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      October 17, 2008 12:11 PM

      SOLD OUT :(

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      October 17, 2008 12:13 PM

      I was gonna come here to tell ppl to goto Gamebuzz lol

      Put the fact that your friends emptied the stock is pretty shitty

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        October 17, 2008 1:19 PM

        yeah i know, all of a sudden we saw 1-2 ppl coming back from lunch with it, and then a horde of ppl went downstairs. some of them got a copy, some didnt.

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        October 17, 2008 1:22 PM

        Well, I don't think they emptied it, like, just for kicks. They probably heard it was on sale there and all rushed to buy a copy of the game because they wanted it; not because they didn't want anyone else to get it.

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      October 17, 2008 8:20 PM

      I have it and yes, you are blocked online currently as no servers are running. You can still play story mode and create your own worlds however.

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