Microsoft India cancels Fallout 3 due to “cultural sensitivities”

Wednesday, 22nd October 2008 15:01 GMT By Mike


GamingIndians reports that Microsoft India has cancelled Bethseda’s Fallout 3 in the country and has cited “cultural sensitivities” as the cause.

The statement in full:

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.

Just as to what cultural idiosyncrasies aren’t being adhered to is unknown at this time.

By Mike Bowden



  1. deanimate

    It would not shock me if the reason is due to some retarded religious issue.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Since when was Fallout 3 a Microsoft game?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. morriss

    I think they must have some say if games on their system get released or not. Nothing’s to say the PS3 and PC versions aren’t getting released still.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Quiiick

    @ Blerk
    Good point!

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Cultural sensitivities? I can imagine Media Molecule and Sony with a massive grin across their faces as they read this.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Syrok

    Maybe there are some deformed cows in the game. :)

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Quiiick

    … not “deformed cows”, Syrok!
    We call that “strategic dismemberment of a cow”. :)

    #7 6 years ago
  8. scratchy69

    Something to do with the two-headed cows, I bet.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Truk

    “We’re sensitive too! Please put is in the news. Please?”

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Whizzo

    Has to be to do with the Brahmin possibly causing an issue, although I really doubt you have to kill them as they were harmless in the original games.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. El_MUERkO

    maybe the government dont want their people to know the downside of nukes

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Hero of Canton

    You don’t have to kill the Brahmin, obviously – indeed, they’re one of very few peaceful creature types in the game – but the mere fact that you can literally slaughter sacred cows (they’re named after a caste of preachers) makes it cultural iconoclasm of the potentially offensive kind.

    (Which sounds like a rather pretentious take on one of Spielberg’s finest.)

    #12 6 years ago

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