Dragon Age: Inquisition Not Coming To India Due To "Obscenity Laws"
EA clarifies that the decision is not related to the RPG's same-sex romance options or gay characters.
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BioWare's latest RPG, Dragon Age: Inquisition, is released today, but gamers in India will not be able to buy a copy in the country. Publisher Electronic Arts has elected to remove the game from sale in the region due to "local obscenity laws," a representative for the company confirmed.
"In order to avoid a breach of local content laws, EA has withdrawn Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and the game is no longer available for preorder," a company spokesperson told Kotaku. "Customers who preordered the game will be contacted directly and will be fully refunded."
The EA representative also clarified that the company's decision to remove the game from sale in India is not related to Dragon Age: Inquisition's same-gender romance options or gay characters, as some reports have suggested.
"The decision here is in relation to local obscenity laws, but not specific to same-gender romance," the spokesperson explained.
The EA representative further clarified that the game's same-sex romance options and gay characters are "irrelevant" to the company's decision to pull the game from India.
Asked which obscenity laws EA was attempting to avoid breaking, the EA representative pointed Kotaku to the country's penal code, which is reportedly very vague. The publisher added that looking at Dragon Age: Inquisition's ESRB content description would give you a good idea as to why EA feels it might be running a risk of breaking India's obscenity laws. Below is the game's description, in full.
"This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of a warrior battling evil forces in different dimensions. Characters use swords, axes, hammers, and magic attacks to kill fantastical creatures (e.g., demons, monsters, dwarfs) and humans in melee-style combat. Cutscenes sometimes depict characters impaled or getting their throats slit. Violent sequences are often highlighted by cries of pain, gurgling/gushing sounds, and large blood-splatter effects; blood remains on the ground in several environments. 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."
Kotaku also points out that potentially contentious games are often edited for release in certain countries; Australia is one example. However, EA has chosen not to do that in this case.
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