, Sony's flagship game for the PlayStation 3 has had a European delay turned into a full worldwide recall by Sony after it was discovered that background music for the game quoted sections of the Qur'an, an Islamic holy text.
The European delay for the game was originally reported earlier today by GI.biz
, who noted that some retailers had pushed the release date for the game in Europe back from October 24th to November 14th. Sony however has now confessed that it will be issuing a global recall for the game, as well as delaying the European release.
The reason for the recall according to the official statement is that a background music track used in the game quotes sections of the Qur'an.
"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,
" reads the statement
"We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence that this may have caused.
For those interested, the two passages which were quoted, according to Kotaku
, were "Every soul shall have the taste of death
" and "All that is on earth will perish
." The two segments are apparently heard in the first 30 seconds of the Swinging Safari level.
It's unclear if Sony received any complaints about the use of these phrases within the game.
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