EA has pulled Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and have begun the process of contacting and refunding pre-orders for players from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
EA told Kotaku
In order to avoid a breach of local content laws, EA has withdrawn Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and the game is no longer available for pre-order.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.
On the other hand, Milestone Interactive who distribute EA games in India confirmed that the game was pulled due to same gender romance.
The ESRB rating for Dragon Age may also shed some light on why EA is playing it careful with the release
- 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…”).
Last year, section 377 of India’s penal code was restored. This law allows for the criminalization of homosexual acts and relationships, something which wasn’t an issue when it was abolished in 2009.
Coincidentally, India is known as one of the cheapest locations to purchase games from leading to CD Key distribution sites using it as their go-to store for cheap games.