To no one’s surprise, EA has announced that it will not be releasing its upcoming game, Dante’s Inferno, in the Middle East. In a recent statement, the company said: “Electronic Arts has decided not to release Dante’s Inferno in the Middle East after an evaluation process which is based on consumer tastes, preferences, platform mix and other factors.”
It would very likely have been banned in many areas within the region. It wouldn’t necessarily be banned because of its violent nature, but because of its strong religious overtones, something that doesn’t bode well in the region. Games that have been banned recently in the Middle East include Darksiders, Bayonetta, and God of War III. The last of those three was banned simply because it has the word “God” in its title.
Still, those who really want to play Dante’s Inferno shouldn’t have trouble getting their hands on the game, as with any other banned title.