Dragon Age: Inquisition banned in India for homosexual references

18 Nov 2014

Gamers in India looking forward to Dragon Age: Inquisition are out of luck, since the game is not being distributed in the country.

As reported by NDTV.com, “anyone in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh who has pre-ordered the game will have their money refunded”.

Publisher EA stopped releasing games on disc for PC in India earlier this year, but this also applies to the physical copies of the game that would have been sold on consoles.

In essence, a digitally created order of pixels on a screen, pursuing an altogether illusory ‘relationship’ with another digitally created order of pixels on a screen, is to blame.

“The distributor for the game, Milestone Interactive, said that this refers to the game’s homosexual sex scenes. Rather than face the wrath of some of India’s more prudish segments of society, EA has pre-emptively decided to make the game unavailable in India, without confirming or commenting on which local laws were being breached.”

“The current action we’ve taken only affects Dragon Age: Inquisition,” said Simon Smith-Wright, EA’s regional marketing director, Asia Pacific, when asked if this would affect other role-playing games that include romantic relationships in their story lines.

In the past Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were not released in India due to the use of cows in the game and the potential to offend.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic