Recalled Version of LittleBigPlanet Sells for $250 on Ebay

To be more specific, there are copies of the game showing up on Ebay (opens in new tab) selling for as much as $249 USD. Sounds crazy? Well it is, but many game collectors will go to great lengths in order to acquire that special, rare game even if it means selling the kids on the black market or donating a limb. That of course is an over exaggeration, but the point should be clear: rare games sell big.

As reported last week, Sony recalled its shipment of the PlayStation 3 exclusive title because one of its songs contains pulls two passages out of the Qur’an.

"We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologize for any offense that this may have caused. We will begin shipping LittleBigPlanet to retail in North America the week of October 27. Sorry for the delay, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get LittleBigPlanet to you as soon as possible," said Sony’s Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media Patrick Seybold.

Unfortunately, Sony’s efforts were too late, as many shops went on to sell the game before the company issued the recall. Thus, the "offending" version is in the consumer’s hands. Additionally, the gaming press and other media outlets possess the rare versions as well, and will no doubt end up on Ebay once reviews trickle onto websites.

Developer Media Molecule revealed that it would offer a day-one patch before Sony made its decision to recall the product entirely, however that could still be a possibility once the game hits the streets later this month, thus keeping all version on the same level. We contacted the Sony PR firm in regards to the online servers, and were told that they will not come online until the game hits retail. Until then, those who actually possess a copy will only be allowed to play the offline Story Mode, however an additional local player can join in as well.

As of now, it seems that the recalled version of LBP will join the ranks of other rare games such as Suikoden II, Tactics Ogre and even EA’s canceled fighting game, Thrill Kill. Look for a review of LBP over on Tom’s Games next week.

Kevin started taking PCs apart in the 90s when Quake was on the way and his PC lacked the required components. Since then, he’s loved all things PC-related and cool gadgets ranging from the New Nintendo 3DS to Android tablets. He is currently a contributor at Digital Trends, writing about everything from computers to how-to content on Windows and Macs to reviews of the latest laptops from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more. 

  • JonnyDough
    ZOMG daddy! Can I get it for Christmas? What's with these retail stores putting out Xmas crap earlier every year? I'm sorry...was that off topic? This article seems like a repeat of another one almost exactly like it. Plagiarizing our own articles now are we?
  • NuclearShadow
    For heavens sake its only a song within the game that caused all of this... 250 dollars to have a song in a game!?

    Also on a side note those who were disappointed in the cancellation of Thrill Kill trust me when I say you didn't miss much. Also why on Earth was Tactics Ogre recalled?
  • davidgbailey
    Is anyone else irritated by the level of fear some of these companies show in regards to hurting sales? Hmmm..I wonder how this would affect sales numbers in IRAN!?!? Are they afraid of Riots in Tokyo? Japan is extremely homogenous. What's the point?
  • NuclearShadow
    This act of censorship certainly wouldn't even be thought of if the role were reversed. I really hate how society is today where everyone tries to no offend others to the point where they censor themselves. While certain other groups demand such actions while never giving them in return and Islam is one of these groups.

    Its amazing how Quran verses in a videogame could cause such a buzz yet when a Imam recently suggests that women should only show one eye because two eyes may seduce a man and cause the man to rape her (at no fault of the man of course) no one stands up against this. Or how about the parades they often hold after terror attacks on western nations?

    They aren't willing to give respect or even acceptance to others yet now we have powerful companies bending over for them...
  • noobe1981
    Nuclear don't slump them in all together you're no better then other extremeist if you do. Their are plenty of bad people that do things in the name of relegion. Catholics, christians, etc.. All had their fair share to, and still do.

    Although your right I'm also tired of all this censorship, and would hope big companys start standing up to the crap. Nobody is forcing these people who get offended to play the game in the first place. I'm sick and tired of people trying to stop games, movies, and music because it offends a certain a group.

    And the sad part is some parents no matter what their relegious beliefs can be just as bad with violent games. Hey if a game has more influence on your kids then you do. Your kid is screwed anyways no matter what game he plays.