LittleBigPlanet delayed worldwide, Qur'an misuse cited as cause [update]

LittleBigPlanet has been delayed for an unspecified amount of time in Europe. Originally expected to launch next week, future friends of SackBoy may need to wait until mid-November. GI.biz reports that some retailers are listing November 14th as the new release date.

Why the delay? Well, here's where things get ... sensitive. According to VG247, LBP is already in many stores, suggesting the game is facing a possible recall. The site points to a cached thread on the Official PlayStation Forums, which claims the game has mixed several passages from the Qur'an with music (heard here). Last year, a similar issue forced Capcom to remove Islamic phrases from Zack & Wiki.

We've contacted Sony to find out if the North America version will also be delayed and will update as soon as we hear back. A statement from SCEE about the European delay is expected shortly.

Update:
SCEE confirms and notes delay is effective "worldwide" due to the Qur'an references.

Source - LittleBigPlanet release delayed in Europe [GI.biz]
Source - LittleBigPlanet delayed, says "speculation" [VG247]
Source - very urgent about little big planet [PlayStation Forums]

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