Former Sony executive Phil Harrison said that the company made 'absolutely the right decision' in delaying the release of LittleBigPlanet due to the controversial Qur'an references. Harrison, who resigned as SCE's Worldwide Studios boss to become the president of Atari, added that the delay won't tamper with the game's success when it launches, according to the reporty by GamesIndustry:
"I wasn't privy to all of the discussions and debate that went on within Sony, but I know they would have thought very deeply about it, and at the highest level of the company. And on reflection I think it was absolutely the right thing to do, because LittleBigPlanet set out from day one to be a game for the entire world - and if there was anything that accidentally detracted from that vision and made the game not fun for the entire world, then the game would have fundamentally failed in its mission.
So I think Sony took absolutely the right decision - painful though it was, and frustrating though it might be for gamers who were looking forward to it. It only seems to have heightened the anticipation, so I think it'll end up being a win, and full credit to Media Molecule for turning around a fix as quickly as they did."
Recently, a representative from an American Muslim group said that they weren't offended by the LittleBigPlanet controversy, stating that the "core of this issue is not about offending ‘all Muslims,’ but only about freedom of expression and the free market." LittleBigPlanet will be released the week of October 27 in North America for the Playstation 3.