PS4 players in the Middle East looking to get The Last of Us: Part 2 on release will have to jump through a couple of hoops. The game has been promoted by official PlayStation Twitter accounts in the region..
it does show up on the list of upcoming games seen on the pages for United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, but you can’t actually buy it through their respective PlayStation Stores. In fact, the links to the regional PlayStation Stores are dead.
Gamers in the Middle East looking for The Last of Us 2, the sequel to the Naughty Dog zombie adventure-action game inspired by a terrifying real-life fungal parasite, may have a hard time acquiring it.
The first news about this possible ban comes from a Reddit user known as ‘ghostechful’, who asked PlayStation Support why they couldn’t pre-order The Last of Us 2 through the PlayStation Store in the UAE. Looking for The Last of Us 2 in the UAE or MENA (Middle East, North Africa)
Many countries in the Middle East follow Sharia law, a religious law derived from Islam and the Koran. These laws tend to be very strict about what may or may not be shown in the media. Some companies may censor troublesome topics or turn things around, but with The Last of Us 2 launching in less than a month, we’re unlikely to see any big changes.
LGBT + themes are not welcome in movies and games in those countries, no matter how minor be. Sometimes it is possible for companies to censor those themes, as with Pixar’s Onward, but it is practically impossible to hide LGBT + themes when it comes to a main character.
While the ban may make the game more difficult, it is not impossible for Middle Eastern players to purchase The Last of Us 2. It will still be available on almost all other PlayStation Store and PS Store prepaid cards for those countries. they can easily buy online. There are also all third party retailers in those countries that can import the games and sell those physical copies to customers. If anything, the ban simply means that The Last of Us 2 will not translate into Arabic.