Spider-Man 2 Game Facing Potential Bans or Delays in Certain Countries

Spider-Man 2 Game Facing Potential Bans or Delays in Certain Countries

Unveiling the Web of Speculation: Will Spider-Man 2 Swing into the Middle East?

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Hey there, PlayStation 5 gamers! We have some spicy news straight from the streets of the Middle East, where the pre-orders for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 have mysteriously vanished into thin air. Cue the dramatic music! 🎵

Now, before your spidey senses start tingling, let’s set the stage. Pre-orders for our favorite web-slinger’s upcoming adventure opened in many parts of the world back in June. But hold onto your webs, folks—countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait are feeling a tad left out. Apparently, pre-orders are a no-show there. And to add to the puzzle, some of these places are even omitting the October 20 release date. What the web, Sony?

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But hey, let’s not jump into conspiracy theories just yet. Middle Eastern countries have their own set of rules when it comes to games, leading to censorship or outright bans. Just ask our pals over at Square Enix, who had to put a cork in Final Fantasy 16 due to a gay couple stealing a kiss. Saudi Arabia wasn’t ready for that smooch! 😘 This refusal to censor content has left the game collecting dust on the shelves there.


Now, enter Twitter account MSM Access, our friendly neighborhood rumor-monger. They claim Spider-Man 2’s release is feeling the heat in the Middle East. Apparently, LGBTQ+ representation is causing a ruckus, and the game might be getting spidey-silenced to follow regional laws. But hold on tight, web-heads, as these claims are still up in the air. We can’t confirm if Spider-Man 2 is climbing walls or being blocked, and whether Sony and Insomniac are to blame.

What we do know is this: pre-orders are as elusive as the invisible Spider-Man 2 himself. Fans have been buzzing on platforms like Reddit, trying to unravel this mystery for over a month now. And with each passing day, the chances of a delay skyrocket. Oh, the agony!

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You may be wondering, does Spider-Man 2 have any LGBTQ+ characters swinging around? That’s a great question! But, it turns out, certain Middle Eastern regulators are as jumpy as a spider on caffeine. Remember when Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse got stuck in a tangled web in the UAE? Yep, a couple of quick scenes featuring a trans pride flag caused quite the commotion. No censorship, just a good ol’ ban. So, a simple pride flag in Spider-Man 2? That could lead to the game being locked away in the Middle East vault faster than you can say “Peter Parker.”

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Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Insomniac Games has been a champion of the LGBTQIA+ community in the past. They’ve celebrated the diversity of their developers on social media, waving the rainbow flag proudly. But this year, no post about LGBT Pride Month. Uh-oh. Has something changed behind the scenes? Is Insomniac ready to snatch those rainbows away to appease the market gods and get that sweet, sweet global release? We’re itching to find out!

So, fellow web-slingers, mark your calendars for October 20 because that’s when Spider-Man 2 finally swings onto PlayStation 5! 🎉 Until then, let’s cross our fingers and hope this Middle Eastern websnafu gets untangled. Stay tuned, true believers!

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