LittleBigPlanet screenshot
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The LittleBigPlanet delay was about "respect", Sony has said.

Speaking to at the Games 3.0 conference in London earlier this week, Sony Computer Entertainment UK managing director Ray Maguire said that the decision to delay the release of the Media Molecule developed game was the "right move".

LittleBigPlanet, which will be released in the UK on November 5, has suffered a torrid time in the run up to its release. Last week it was recalled after Sony learnt 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.

And earlier this week Media Molecule announced it was turning its servers off to fix glitching issues some players had reported.

Maguire told that the delay was "disruptive in terms of marketing plans and getting things sorted... we had to shift some TV", and added: "In the end I think for those people who have been waiting for the product it's a frustration. It's only a couple of weeks of a frustration but nevertheless it's a frustration. You can do nothing other than say, 'sorry about that'. And I hope the wait is worth it, and I believe it will be."

When asked if Sony considered releasing the game despite the fact that it contained expressions from the Qur'an, Maguire replied: "I just think it's about respect. We weren't to know that a product (the track removed from the soundtrack) that's been in the marketplace since 2006 by a Grammy award-winning artist would have this kind of effect. But I don't want to see anyone upset by something that we've done and we have to put it right so we did put it right. I think it was the right move."

Do you think it was the right move? Let us know in the comments section below.

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In response to Raz, your generalising about western civilisation which is absolutley pathetic. Not all of us disrespect our parents and I would say the majority don't. So before you start giving the west a bad reputation think about what you say because what you said there clearly shows how immature and inaccurate you are.

I think the release date should not of been delayed as even if it is in reference to two phrases in the Qur'an so what?, it's hardly abusing it in any way. Also there are many a film/song/games with reference to Jesus/God/The Bible, they're not removed or bullied into removing the references as it's just a part of the game or film. Am absolutley positive Sony didn't mean to offend any religion in any way so why take offense by it when it's also sung by a Muslim who supports the game?... I ask you.

It had no way intended to be used in a way to offend anyone. The references are about the Qur'an yes, but they are not references to make it look bad or to abuse it. It was an official song created many a year ago by a Muslim who appreciates the art of music incorporated with his religion which is aboslutely fantastic, just shows how people can appreciate their religion in different ways.
Posted 16:52 on 30 October 2008
WaterElemental's Avatar
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For a game like this, chances are, that the people purchasing it will be connected to the internet!
Posted 16:30 on 30 October 2008
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The patch would only work for those with consoles connected to the internet.
Posted 15:11 on 30 October 2008
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I'm sorry, but tell me, why wouldn't a patch suffice? Its already been patched to remove the "offending" song! Which tells me that there is likely a totally different reason for the extra delay!
Posted 13:51 on 30 October 2008
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Absolutely right move, since majority westerners don't even respect their parents(specially after 16) , their own religion why would they give crap about other religion, however in PROFESSIONAL scene these things do matter, so as professionals SONY did right thing.

Nintendo,capcom and even Microsoft did same.
Posted 13:04 on 30 October 2008
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Please!!! There was absolutely no need to delay the game because of some trivial over-sensitive religious folk! Only a patch! Of which, btw, everyone who got an early un-recalled copy had to download when they started the game!
Posted 12:12 on 30 October 2008
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Yeah, i really don't know why ppl make such a fuss over a week or so of delays! It's a few weeks only and not months! Geez...

~funkyellowmonkey(ps3 id)~
Posted 10:35 on 30 October 2008

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