Citing "cultural sensitivities," GamingIndians reports that Fallout 3 won’t go on sale as scheduled next week in India.
By way of explanation GamingIndians cites a terse statement from Microsoft India, which is – or was – handling Fallout 3 distribution there:
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.
Only the Xbox 360 version was planned for the Indian market.
GP: It’s a bit of a mystery, but if I were a betting man, I’d speculate that Fallout 3’s post-nuclear apocalypse theme has something to do with the decision.
After all, India has been in a stare-down with neighboring Pakistan for decades. Both sides are nuked up and as recently as 2002, almost went to war.