Media Molecule – We wanted to patch LBP but Sony decided to recall

By Patrick Garratt, Friday, 17 October 2008 19:52 GMT

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Media Molecule has posted a statement on its site saying it wanted to patch “expressions” from the Qur’an out of LittleBigPlanet, but Sony decided the only way forward to to pull all discs back from retail.

“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,” said the post.

“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.”

SCEE confirmed today that LittleBigPlanet was to receive a global recall thanks to the inclusion of the sentences, a move that will delay the game to an unspecified date.

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