The European delay of LittleBigPlanet we mentioned earlier has blossomed into a worldwide recall of the game due to passages from the Islamic holy text Qur’an being included in the background music in one of the levels.
“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,” admitted the company in a statement.
“We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence that this may have caused.”
Yesterday a reader sent us a link to a music file containing the two offending phrases, which can be found here. Hit the jump for the translation of the offending phrases.
The words are:
1- In the 18th second: “ÙƒÙ„ Ù†ÙØ³ Ø°Ø§Ø¦Ù‚Ø© Ø§Ù„Ù…ÙˆØª” (“kollo nafsin tha’iqatol mawt”, literally: ‘Every soul shall have the taste of death’).
2- Almost immediately after, in the 27th second: “ÙƒÙ„ Ù…Ù† Ø¹Ù„ÙŠÙ‡Ø§ ÙØ§Ù†” (“kollo man alaiha fan”, literally: ‘All that is on earth will perish’).
Thanks to NSider for providing the link and translation.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more on how this recall effects release dates.
It seems it was an Arabic song that was added to the soundtrack for the game. I am really surprised and appreciative that Sony went out of their way (they will lose a lot of money) to remove this song from the game.Â We should buy products from Sony in support for their kindness of removing the song from this game.Â In fact, I thinkÂ I will buy this game.Â Although as a Muslim, I believe that it didn’t really matter if the song was added to the game or not.Â I wouldn’t be offended at all if the game had that song in it.