ESRB Rates Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Cites “Language”, “Sexual Themes

a realm rebornJust a month before its release, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn gets rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

To no one’s surprise, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, set to be released on PC and PS3, has been giving a T for Teen rating, like its 2010 predecessor Final Fantasy XIV. ESRB cites the following reasons for the rating:

  • Language
  • Mild Blood
  • Sexual Themes
  • Use of Alcohol
  • Violence

This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of an adventurer exploring the fantastical world of Hydaelyn. Players travel across various lands, interact with characters, and engage in battle against humans and fantasy creatures (e.g., hyena-/jackal-like animals, demons, skeletons). Players use swords, spears, and magic spells to kill several opponents. Combat can be frenetic at times, accompanied by clashing sounds and brief yells. Cutscenes also depict instances of violence: an extended off-screen sequence in which a character is stabbed; a man shot off-screen while crawling away. Dark blood stains appear on the floors of one level. The game includes some suggestive/sexual material: female characters dressed in revealing outfits; camera angles that pan suggestively on bodies; women offering companionship to men in a coastal city; dialogue that states “[s]tay clear from them two. Gave me the crotch rot, they did!” Players occasionally encounter characters who consume alcohol (e.g., “Jussone more cup, littlemann! Hic!”). The word “sh*te” appears in dialogue.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is in the third beta phase and it set to release on August 27 on PS3 and PC.