Dragon Age: Inquisition is being pulled out from India, on the point of one of the game’s character being homosexual.
That would be Dorian, a main character in the storyline that players can choose to have a romantic and sexual relationship with – if they play as another male character.
Earlier today there were reports of EA cancelling all pre-orders of its new role-playing game in India and surrounding regions. The publisher has now confirmed that “in order to avoid a breach of local content laws,” the company is forced to withdraw the game from sale.
The game is no longer available for pre-order and those who did will be refunded the entire sum. “This applies regardless of payment method or date of purchase.” Additionally EA has promised that all customers will be contacted directly and be informed about the full refund.
Distributor Milestone Interactive told NDTV that “rather than face the wrath of some of India’s more prudish segments of society, EA have pre-emptively decided to make the game unavailable in India, without confirming or commenting on which local laws were being breached.”
Surprisingly this isn’t the first BioWare game to feature romantic relationships between the same sex.
However, this is the first game being banned on the issue and so either the Indian government is noticing this element for the first time, or they are still mad over the Battlefield 4 fiasco and boycotting the publisher.