Sony has delayed for one week the worldwide release of the much-anticipated video game LittleBigPlanet because the PlayStation 3 contains music that may offend Muslims.
Originally scheduled to be out today, the game will be shipped next week and available at some retailers Oct. 27. "Sorry for the delay, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get LittleBigPlanet to you as soon as possible," says Sony's Patrick Seybold on the PlayStation blog.
The problem? A licensed background music track, Tapha Niang, performed by Grammy Award-winning Malian musician Toumani Diabate, quotes two verses from the Quran. Many Muslims consider mixing music and scripture to be offensive.
The translated lines say, "Every soul shall have the taste of death," and "All that is on Earth will perish."
The song will be removed and replaced, Seybold says. A downloadable patch will automatically delete and replace the song in any copies that happen to be sold.
By Mike SniderPhoto: Sackboy, a character from LittleBigPlanet. (Sony)