Microsoft Not to Release Fallout 3 in India

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Microsoft is not releasing gaming software Fallout 3 for the Xbox 360 in India, citing cultural sensitivities.

Bethesda Softworks, the vendor of the software, announced earlier this month that Fallout 3 will be available on store shelves and online in North America on Oct. 28, in Europe and Australia on Oct. 30, and in the U.K. on Oct. 31.

There are cultural sensitivities in India associated with the game, and Microsoft took the business decision not to launch this game, said Ashim Das Mathur, national marketing manager for the entertainment and devices division of Microsoft India.

Microsoft did not comment on the precise nature of the cultural sensitivities involved.

The company was to distribute the game in India under agreement with Bethesda, which is a second party game provider, Mathur said.

Fallout 3 has been rated 'M' for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) for its content, which includes blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes, strong language and use of drugs, according to information available on the ESRB and Bethesda Web sites.

The game is set in 2277, 200 years after a nuclear war, in an area around Washington, D.C., that is fictitiously called Capitol Wasteland, according to Bethesda's Web site.

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