Fans from the Middle East apparently have to do without the action adventure The Last of Us 2 – or just take a few detours to get the long-awaited sequel. The game can be found on the PlayStation site in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, but there is no purchase option. An email from support indicates a sales ban, which is probably due to explicit scenes.
After several postponements, the action adventure The Last of Us 2 will be launched on June 19, 2020 exclusively for the PlayStation 4 – at least in most countries around the world. The fans from the Middle East, on the other hand, will probably have to do without the game, since there is apparently a kind of sales ban.
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There have been advertisements on the respective PlayStation channels, and there are ads in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates a product listing on the official website. However, there is no corresponding purchase option. The links to the PlayStation Store are either "dead" or empty, so fans in the countries mentioned have currently no way to get a version of The Last of Us 2 (buy now for 69.99 €) pre-order or buy.
Reddit user "Ghostechful" contacted PlayStation Support and received an answer a little later. This suggests that there is indeed a type of sales ban in some Middle Eastern countries. According to the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) review, The Last of Us 2 has both bare house scenes and sexual content. This could be the reason for a sales ban in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Fans also complain in the thread that a pre-order was partially possible, or for other games such as Cyberpunk 2078, which most likely also contains explicit scenes, is still. Some users also explain how the prohibition can still be circumvented, for example through foreign PSN accounts and credit cards or via the gift function.
Fortunately, we have a version. So look forward to the test of The Last of Us 2. You can find it on June 12th, 9:01 am on pcgames.de!
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