Recall issued on eagerly awaited title
Sony have had to delay the global release of their new PS3 title, LittleBigPlanet, due to some song phrases within the game originating from the Koran. Sony have recalled the game to avoid offending Muslims, and have issued a public apology. The phrases can be found in a background music track. The song was written by a Somali artist and has been available as a digital download for some time. It was found to contain phrases from the Koran after a Muslim beta or trial version player raised the issue with the game's creators, Media Molecule. They produced a patch to rectify the situation, but after talks with Sony, it was decided to recall the game.
Mixing words from the Koran with music could be seen as deeply offensive to Muslims, and this is why Sony have issued the recall. Media Molecule had the following to say within their website
As some of you may have noticed, LBP has been slightly delayed in some territories. At MM we were as shocked and dismayed by this as anyone - shellshocked and gutted. We can’t wait for you all to get playing and creating!
We learnt yesterday that there is a lyric in one of the licensed tracks which some people may find offensive, and which slipped through the usual screening processes. Obviously MM and Sony together took this very seriously. LBP should be enjoyable by all. So within 12 hours of hearing about this issue involving a lyric (in Somalian, I believe!), Media Molecule had prepared an automatic day 0 patch and had a new disk image ready; however a decision was made within Sony that the right thing to do for quality and support of people with no on-line was to replace existing disks. They assure us that they are doing everything in their power to get things straightened out as fast as possible, and will announce dates soon.
Apologies to everyone excited to play the game and I can assure you that when it arrives, it will be worth the wait! We want everyone to be able to enjoy the game, and this tweak should help - we’re just gutted it couldn’t be sooner. MM continues to work hard to support the game too. We know that LBP will be something that you can enjoy for a long time to come, when all of this is forgotten and all that remains are thousands of incredible levels and creations to play, create and share.
The changed version of LittleBigPlanet will now go on sale on 3 November in the UK and 29 October in the US. You can discuss in our forums here