Dragon Age: Inquisition pulled from India, Russia next?

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Not all countries are as free as others. With restrictions and laws regarding sexuality being so varied around the world, it seems that games that are lauded for being inclusive might actually get excluded from the market. India is the latest example.

According to Kotaku, India won’t be able to explore the world of Thedas with the rest of us. At least, not unless they pirate their copies. It’s not that India banned the sale of the game, but rather that the decision was made by EA:

In order to avoid a breach of local content laws, EA has withdrawn Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and the game is no longer available for pre-order.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.

The decision here is in relation to local obscenity laws, but not specific to same gender romance.

Kotaku points out the penal code in India is extraordinarily vague – it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what would be perceived as obscene. However, it seems safe to assume that the homosexual opportunities in Dragon Age could be problem considering that games like GTA V and other major releases with content that could be seen as obscene haven’t been pulled from the shelves. But then again, other games that came in before restoration of India’s homosexual laws are still available, such as The Last of Us and Mass Effect, both of which have some homosexual references.

We aren’t 100% sure what’s going on, but with these kinds of clampdowns, it does certainly seem linked to legislation against homosexuality. Russia has similar rules, prompting a much higher rating for The Sims 4 in Russia than in other countries. I wonder if Dragon Age: Inquisition has flown in under the radar, or if they will also be putting some extra stipulations on distribution of the game. This iteration in the Dragon Age franchise has the most realistic romance options to date from a Bioware game. Remember, these are simply options – you don’t have to seduce your comrades in arms, but for those who wish to do so, it will be a more pleasurable experience. As per the ESRB rating:

The game includes some 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 (e.g., “’I will bring myself sexual pleasure later, while thinking about this with great respect’” and “The way your t*ts bounce when I pin your arms and take you on the side of the bed…”). The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” appear in dialogue.

I’m not entirely sure which part of the game is viewed as obscene. It’s rated M for Mature anyway, which means that only adults should be playing it. Could India and Russia find the material unsuitable for people of any age?

Last Updated: November 18, 2014

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