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BioWare is hoping to prevent another news report against their newest Dragon Age installment.
Electronic Arts releases Dragon Age Inquisition today, November 18th, but fans of the series in India will not be able to buy a copy locally. EA has elected to pull the game from the country and stopped taking pre-orders, while refunding those who have already reserved a copy.
According to a spokesperson for the publisher, “The decision here in relation to local obscenity laws, but not specific to same-gender romance.” While Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content and Strong Language could all be reasons for their decision, no specific reason has been stated.
Making changes to video games based on the area of release, a part of game localization, is a common practice by publishers who believe their content may offend or break laws in a country where their products are sold. Fallout 3 is a recent example of this, where for the Japanese audience the “Power of the Atom” quest has no option to detonate the nuclear weapon in Megaton, and the name of the Fat Man mini nuke launcher was changed to Nuka Launcher, both out of respect for the nuclear attacks during World War II.
Interestingly enough though, Fallout 3 was not released on Xbox 360 in India, because of, allegedly, the two-headed cows were named Brahmin, the name of a caste of Indian society.
No word yet on if changes will be made to the game for a future release, but considering the refunding process, it appears unlikely.
What do you think of EA’s move? Should they be praised for cultural sensitivities? Should they release an edited game later? Let us know in the comments below!