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The Last of Us Part II reportedly banned in Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

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What you need to know

  • The Last of Us Part II is not available on the PlayStation Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates storefronts.
  • According to PlayStation Support, this is because it has been banned by the "competent authorities" in charge.
  • The Last of Us Part II is set to release on June 19, 2020.

While The Last of Us Part II is just a few weeks away from release, it appears that it won't be available in every PlayStation storefront around the world. As spotted by VG247, Reddit user Ghostechful got in touch with PlayStation Support, who stated that the game was not available on the Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates storefronts because it "...is banned by the competent authorities of the country."

It's worth noting that the PlayStation Arabia Twitter account is still advertising the upcoming State of Play showcase for The Last of Us Part II is coming on May 27 at 4:00 p.m. EST, which will show around 20 minutes of footage. The game also still appears on the regional store page as an upcoming PlayStation 4 title. It is not however available for preorder on the actual storefronts.

The ESRB rating for The Last of Us Part II details nudity and sexual content, which could be factors if the game has been banned, alongside the inclusion of LGBT characters. If something changes, we'll be sure to update this story. The Last of Us Part II is currently scheduled to release on June 19, 2020.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on PlayStation on Android Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert

2 Comments
  • So glad I don't live in a country that tells me what I can and can't play on MY console, that I play in MY home, and paid for with MY money.
  • Say it louder for the other side of the world lol