PS3 exclusive LittleBigPlanet was supposed to hit stores next week but now it's being delayed worldwide. Why is it being delayed? Shipping issues? Bugs? No. It's because of the Qu'ran, the main religious text of Islam. Huh?
Sony confirmed the delay in an announcement this morning: "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."
Apparently Sony is concerned that Muslim gamers would be offended by the inclusions of expressions from the religious text. I'm surprised that they wouldn't just release an online patch to fix the problem but that solution would leave out people without Internet connections for their PS3. I don't know the first thing about the song in question or what the reaction of a Muslim gamer would be to these lyrics but I will say that this really sucks from a gamer perspective.
Still, this seems like a pretty quick fix and the delay could be fairly short. A new release date hasn't been announced yet but we'll keep you posted.
Update #1: Over at Kotaku, you can get a look at the concerned email that presumably spurred the delay.
Update #2: LittleBigPlanet will come to North America "the week of October 27th," according to a new post on PlayStation.Blog by Patrick Seybold, the Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media at Sony Computer Entertainment America.