A recent report from EuroGamer has announced that EA have decided to pull the sale of Dragon Age: Inquisition from India due to local obscenity laws. Many have speculated as to whether the decision came about due to the game’s homosexual characters and same-sex relationship options.
The Indian distributor for the game, Milestone Interactive, allegedly told one source the game was pulled due to scenes of graphical gay sex. However, EA have come forward to deny this as the reason for dropping the BioWare RPG.
In order to avoid a breach of local content laws, EA has withdrawn Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and the game is no longer available for pre-order. Customers who pre-ordered the game will be contacted directly and will be fully refunded.
Which laws EA are referring to is not clear, though it may have something to do with scenes depicting or implying sexual relations. According to the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) Dragon Age: Inquisition was given a Mature rating due to:
sexual material: a female character briefly depicted in front of a man’s torso (fellatio is implied); characters depicted topless or with exposed buttocks while lying in bed or after sex; some dialogue referencing sex/sexuality.
Dragon Age: Inquisition was released today in North America and Russia and is available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. Europe and Australia will receive the game this Thursday and Japan will see it go on sale next week.