- 17 Oct 08, 19:40 GMT
The imminent launch date of Little Big Planet has been put on hold - globally - because of issues around the use of some background music.
According to a release from Sony: "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. We'll confirm the new launch date shortly."
Every copy of the game in the world will be recalled from retailers and replaced. It was due to be released on 24 October.
It's not immediately clear what the "offending" phrases are.
From what I understand the delay will not be too great. But given a massive marketing campaign for Sackboy and the game was about to be unleashed this is obviously a blow to Sony on the eve of what was expected to be a triumphant release of Little Big Planet.
The game has had a rapturous reception from critics and has picked up a rare 10 out of 10 score from the respected games magazine Edge. In its review, it described it as a "daring, transcendent, maginificent piece of work".
It also pushes the game back into an extremely congested release slate of other tites. I don't think the game will be affected to greatly by the delay but it's an embarrassment for Sony and less than ideal for Media Molecule, whose rise and rise from near unknown developers to world beaters had been smooth to this point.
I'm meeting with Media Molecule on Monday so will get the latest on the delay.
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