Final Fantasy XVI received an M rating from the ESRB; The rating summary highlights violence and sexual elements

Earlier this month, we learned that Final Fantasy XVI would be a darker game compared to previous entries in the series, as Square Enix’s upcoming role-playing game received a Mature rating in Brazil. The same thing happened in the United States, as confirmed on the official ESRB website.

Final Fantasy XVI received a mature rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board for its violent elements such as blood splatter effects and torture.

From a third-person perspective, players explore a fantasy kingdom, complete various quests, and engage in battles against enemy soldiers and fantasy creatures (such as trolls and orcs). Players use swords and magic attacks (such as fireballs and lightning strikes) to kill characters in melee-style combat. During combat sequences, players can perform cinematic attacks/finishing moves by following on-screen prompts. The fights are fast paced, accompanied by impact sounds, cries of pain, and big explosions. Blood splatter effects frequently occur when characters are slashed and killed. Cutscenes depict additional violence and gore: a character’s hands severed by a sword; cut the guard’s throat with a knife; figure impaled through the chest; A prisoner’s shoulder stabbed and draped with an interrogator’s blade.

Final Fantasy XVI received a Mature rating as well due to sexual elements such as partial nudity, brothels, and more, as evidenced by the rest of the rating summary posted on the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s website.

The game contains some sexual material: a character caressing and fondling a man in bed; references to prostitution – sexual moaning sounds in a brothel; Dialogue such as, “I would be happy to show you…provided I can afford it” and “…thank you for your service. My room is upstairs only.” Some characters are depicted with partially exposed breasts and buttocks. You hear the words “f**k” and “sh*t” in the game.

Final Fantasy XVI marks a turning point in the series not only for its themes but also for its visuals. According to producer Naoki Yoshida, the game will show the power of the PlayStation 5. He also confirmed that the latest trailer was all in real time.

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Final Fantasy XVI launches on PlayStation 5 on June 22, 2023. The game is said to be a PS5 exclusive for six months, so it will be released on other platforms at some point, though Xbox consoles may not be among them, according to for Microsoft.

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