Electronic Arts has pulled Dragon Age: Inquisition from store shelves in India due to the country's obscenity laws.
Dragon Age: Inquisition allows players to engage in same-gender relationships if they choose, and it was initially believed that this was the so-called "obscene" content in question.
Indian TV station NDTV reported that the game's local distributor, Milestone Entertainment, pulled the game due to its same-sex relationships.
In December, 2013, India's Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian penal code, which declared homosexuality to be a criminal offense punishable by up to ten years in jail. The code had been suspended in 2009.
However, an EA spokesperson has since told Kotaku that the game's same-gender romances weren't the reason for suspending sales of the game.
"In order to avoid a breach of local content laws, EA has withdrawn Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and the game is no longer available for pre-order," the spokesperson said. "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 worth noting that other BioWare games that feature same-gender relationships, such as Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age II, continue to be available in India.
Pushed for clarification, EA directed Kotaku to Dragon Age: Inquisition's ESRB rating submission for a sampling of other content that could be considered contentious:
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…").
Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out this week on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3. It's very good.