Dragon Age: Inquisition is finally out this week—either today if you're in the US, or later if you're not. There is one place where it won't be released, though: India. Why? That isn't entirely clear.
Early reports suggested it was pulled from sale because one of the Inquisitor's romanceable companion characters is gay. EA, however, say this isn't the case. In a statement to Kotaku (opens in new tab), they said the following:
"In order to avoid a breach of local content laws, EA has withdrawn Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and the game is no longer available for pre-order.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."
It's unclear which part of the country's obscenity laws they're afraid Inquisition might breach—especially in comparison to other, similar games that have received an uncontested release.
Having played through Inquisition, there was nothing that specifically stood out about its more mature content. Unless I've missed some serious sexy times somewhere down one of the game's many branching paths.
The move doesn't just affect retail. Origin orders in India are also unavailable, and existing purchases have been cancelled and refunded.