The Last of Us Part 2 is set to release next month. The game was surrounded by various controversies after its gameplay was leaked. Similarly, today another controversy has begun, because The Last of Us Part 2 is not coming to Middle East.
The Last of Us Part 2 has a lot of Nudity and Mature scenes, that goes against the Middle East government’s policies. This starts with the game character having a relationship with the same gender. Games which are promoting these sorts of messages are not allowed. Countries in the Middle East have policies that prohibit Nudity, LGBT, and 18+ Content in any sort of game or movie. This is why most of the games companies have cut mature scenes before releasing it in the Middle East.
The games with the extreme rating are allowed to have “extremely violent scenes such as torture, showing details of injuries, or scenes of using prohibited substances.”
In the same vein, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Origins had to remove its censored content. CD Projekt had also cut scenes from The Witcher 3 before they went on to release the game in the Middle East.
This news was confirmed through PlayStation. A user on Reddit contacted them and asked why the game was not available for pre-order on the Dubai region.
The PlayStation employee replied “If any game did not exist in any Store region it means that the game is banned by the competent authorities of the country and we can not do anything regarding that”
In short games are approved before they can appear in the region. In The Last of Us Part 2 case, the game has not been approved, hence Middle East Players are likely to miss it. Moreover, Naughty Dog has yet to comment on this, and they might remove some scenes. Hopefully, the game will be approved and Middle East Fans could particularly enjoy it.
Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are available in the store. This indicates that CD Projekt and Rockstar Games had their nudity scenes blocked.