It looks like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 could be the latest entertainment property to fall foul of Middle Eastern censors, resulting in a potential ban or a delay to the game’s release.
However, users in multiple Middle East countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have reported being unable to pre-order the PS5 sequel.
Spider-Man 2’s age rating has reportedly been removed from local PlayStation website listings for the game, some of which are currently displaying its release date as October 20, while also stating “release date to be determined.”
It’s been claimed that the game’s release could be delayed while content is censored to adhere to local customs and values. VGC has contacted Sony to see if it can clarify the game’s release status in the Middle East.
Sony’s animated movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was blocked from release in the UAE last month for failing to meet local censorship laws, partly because of a protect trans lives poster which briefly appears in the background of one frame, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It also revealed a Spider-Man 2 limited edition PS5 bundle featuring a custom console cover design and matching DualSense wireless controller, which will launch in September ahead of the game.
Source : vgc