LittleBigPlanet Delayed Worldwide Due to "Qur'an Expressions"
Okay, so this is what we're hearing: it seems LittleBigPlanet will suffer a worldwide delay due to a political correctness snafu.
As several sources are reporting, including Mexican gaming site LevelUp and most recently confirmed by SCEE over at the Videogaming247 blog, the innovative platformer will be delayed due to "two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an" popping up in one of the music tracks. This means they'll have to either remove the song entirely or fix it, which translates to the following official statement by SCEE:
"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 Quran. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence that this may have caused.
Well confirm the new launch date shortly."
Now, we have no idea if the game will have to be recalled, which would mean we're talking about a significant delay. We're also not sure if this includes North America - we haven't seen a statement from SCEA yet - although we have to assume it does. For now, this is most certainly bad news, but we figure...how long can it possibly take to fix something so small? Let's hope the delay isn't too lengthy.
Related Game(s): LittleBigPlanet
10/17/2008 Ben Dutka