Heavy Rain? Not in the UAE.
Quantic Dream’s new dark film noir thriller gets banned.
The UAE’s National Media Council (NMC) has banned Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream’s new dark film noir thriller that has had gaming critics around the world raving this month. We suspect that the ban has been enforced due to a sultry seduction scene in the game.
Heavy Rain is the second game to be banned this year in the UAE. Earlier this year, THQ’s Darksiders was banned in the UAE. Recently, EA had decided not to release Dante’s Inferno in the UAE which had a similar theme to Darksiders, keeping in mind the sensitivities of the region and the possibility of a ban by the NMC.
Sadly, the ban on these games has given rise to a flourishing gray market where games like Dante’s Inferno and Heavy Rain are not only sold but often released before the games reach official distribution channels.