The biggest title for Sony this Christmas is definitely LittleBigPlanet, so sudden news of a delay on the PS3 blockbuster has hit a nerve on many pre-ordering gamers.
It’s only brief, while LittleBigPlanet’s initial release date of next week has only been pushed back to “the week of October 27th” the cause of the delay is what’s most interesting in this case.
In a world of continuous battles against violence sex and drug use in video games this time around a completely kiddy friendly title has felt some pressure entirely due to specific music use. A Muslim user has picked up on a level in LittleBigPlanet playing background music sampling lines from the Muslim Qu’ran and rapidly pointed it out in a thread on Playstation forums.
Threespeech.com then hunted out a response from Sony verifying a delay in the release of LittleBigPlanet due to the quotations, despite some copies already being sent out around the US. Essentialy it’s quite a small delay for those looking forward to LittleBigPlanet but more significantly a big loss for Sony who have already pressed and sent a large order of copies of the game.
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.
No matter what your opinion it’s an unfortunate case of legitimate religious gripe overlooked by Media Molecule in their choice of music. Look forward to LittleBigPlanet… in a week or two.