PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain has become the latest game to be banned in the United Arab Emirates thanks to its inclusion of adult material.
In a statement released to Kotaku, Sony said: The UAE’s National Media Council has banned Heavy Rain on PS3.
Heavy Rain has an 18+ PEGI rating and has been conceived from the earliest stages as a genuinely adult experience. This means that it deals with strong content including blood and nudity, but treats this content in a mature and sensitive manner. The game is not intentionally controversial or sensationalist, and all the themes and content are consistent with what consumers would expect to see in a mainstream Hollywood thriller.”
Middle Eastern site MEgamers speculates that the ban is a result of the game’s seduction scenes, as such content is likely to offend the region’s regulators.