One of the biggest exclusive title this year, Heavy Rain, has been banned in the Middle East. Sony has confirmed that the title has been banned in the United Arab Emirates due as the game presumably containing nudity and mature content. Sony released a statement to Kotaku earlier today, though specifics were not mentioned.
The UAE’s National Media Council (NMC) has banned Heavy Rain on PlayStation3. 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.
Darksiders suffered a similar fate earlier this year when the title was also banned in the UAE.