God of War series has not fared well when it comes to allowing its sale in the Middle East. This region has banned some games in the past due to concerns over sexual content or religious themes and the big causalities so far have been games like God of War and Grand Theft Auto. However, this appears to have changed with God of War PS4, as it has now been approved for sale in UAE .
God of War games have featured nudity and sexual content to some extent however this wasn’t the case with God of War PS4. The name of the game can also be considered controversial but this appears to have been sidelined this time although the only confirmation so far is for UAE, it is highly unlikely that the game can be allowed in a country like KSA.
A huge huge milestone!
تم التاكيد من شباب بلايستيشن الشرق الاوسط ان تم الموافقة لإطلاق God of War رسمياً في الإمارات العربية المتحدة!
الف مبروك على هذا الإنجاز! pic.twitter.com/7XeSvo7uz6
— Malek Teffaha مالك تفاحة (@malekawt) April 15, 2018
There are no further details available regarding this release so it is not confirmed if this will be the untouched version. Update: (It has been confirmed to be the uncensored version. There won’t be any changes made in the game). In some cases, games have also been released after going through slight changes. As an example, Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Witcher 3 have been edited to get the official approval from the concerned authorities. This is not something unique to Middle East, but it is also the case in countries like Germany where Wolfenstein 2 was heavily edited to remove all references to Hitler, or some of the more explicit Japanese games like Omega Labyrinth Z getting outright banned in UK and Australia.
We have reached out to PlayStation Middle East to get more details on this matter but in the meanwhile, you can read more on the glowing praise for the game, or check out some gameplay from it. God of War will officially launch on April 20th for the PS4. It was developed by Sony Santa Monica Studios and will be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.