'Shellshocked' Media Molecule Explains 'Little Big Planet'-Qur'an Incident, Apologizes For Delay

The big news of the day is that one of the biggest PlayStation 3 games of the year, "Little Big Planet," has been delayed due to the late discovery that a song in the game includes lines from the Qur'an.

Sony has issued a statement, recalling the game and pushing back the U.S. release date in America to 10/27.

But what do the game's creators have to say?

The developers at Media Molecule are "shellshocked and gutted," saying they only learned about this one day ago and took swift action.

Media Molecule's website is down right now due to overwhelming traffic, but here is the full statement that was published there by a member of the development studio, explaining their side of things:

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!), we 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.

[EDIT Sony are going to announce new dates and information re discs for each territory soon. We’ll keep you posted! The patch is ready from our side and I imagine it will go live at the same time as the game. More info when we get it. ]

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