Fallout 3 controversy: India release cancelled

Microsoft India has announced that it has cancelled its plans to release Fallout 3 for the Xbox 360 in India, which was earlier set to release in the country on October 28. A press statement issued by Microsoft states that the game included certain content that could potentially hurt Indian sensibilities.


Due to distribution issues in the region, Microsoft had taken up the role of distributor for Fallout 3 in India, while the PlayStation 3 and PC versions of the game were never scheduled for release in the country.

Here’s the statement from Microsoft India:

“Microsoft constantly endeavors to bring the best games to Indian consumers in sync with their international release. However, in light of cultural sensitivities in India, we have made the business decision to not bring Fallout 3 into the country.”

Games fail to release in India for various reasons – high prices, lack of distribution – but “cultural sensitivities” is a first, it would seem. With games like Postal, Bioshock, Grand Theft Auto and many more on stores shelves for anyone to purchase, it really makes you wonder what exactly it is that made the release Fallout 3 in India such a business risk.

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