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Uncharted 3 to be cut in the Middle East

New initiative designed to stop games being banned in the Arab world

It hasn't been officially announced yet, but we all know that Uncharted 3's coming, and when it does it'll receive cuts to secure a release in the Middle East.

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That's according to The National, which is running a report on a new initiative to "localise" international console games for the Arab world in a bid to stop titles being banned.

The likes of Mafia II, Dead Rising 2 and GTA IV have all been denied release by the United Arab Emirates National Media Council.

But a new alliance between regional bodies Rubicon Group Holding and Modern Electronics Company aims to avert future bans by dubbing games in Arabic and making content alterations.

"Those games that are extra-violent, or have sensitive issues for the region, will be edited for content," said Ghassan Ayoubi, Rubicon Holding's executive director in the Gulf.

"It's not purely dubbing in Arabic, but eliminating things that may be inappropriate for the region. [It's] introducing one or two elements that will be specifically for the region - maybe introducing a new character. It's not censoring ... it's tailoring or customising it for the market. It's not deviating from the game itself."

Rubicon will initially work on PS3 games, with FIFA 11 and "the third instalment in the Uncharted series" potentially among the first games to be "Arabised and localised", according to Ayoubi.

Here's five things we want to see in Uncharted 3 when it does finally arrive - come on Sony, just put us out of our misery and announce it already.

[ SOURCE: The National ]

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