Monolith Softs JRPG Series Xenoblade Chronicles is known for revealing a bit of skin from time to time and it seems that the third post will not be any different. According to a recent ESRB rating discovered earlier this week, players need to be prepared for an adventure that includes blood and violence, swear words and suggestive themes.
Note: Spoilers are potentially in front.
In particular, part of the classification seems to be getting some attention around certain parts of the Internet (yes, Twitter) is the revealing armor – with characters and creature designs that will have “deep cleavage” and “partially bare breasts”. Again, there will also be gangs and violence. Here is the full summary:
“This is a role-playing game where players follow warriors through a conflict between two nations. From a third-person perspective, players complete quests and engage in close combat against enemies (eg animals, creatures, human boss figures). Battle is highlighted by shock sounds, explosions and screams of pain.Intermediate scenes show additional cases of violence: characters impaled with swords; a character who shoots himself off the screen; a man who stabs himself away from the screen.A handful of scenes show blood (e.g., falling drops). from a wounded character; drops of blood on a character’s face.) Some fantasy figures / creatures are designed with revealing armor and / or anatomy (eg deep cleavage, partially exposed breasts). * ehole, “and” b * tch “appear in the dialog.”
While this kind of content in a first-party Nintendo release may be surprising to some, it’s not necessarily the first time we’ve seen this kind of assessment from the ESRB when it comes to a Xenoblade release. The original game had “partial nudity”, and below is part of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 rating, which also contains similar but different “suggestive themes” and languages:
“The game contains some suggestive material: female characters / creatures wearing clothes that reveal large amounts of cleavage; camera pans and lingering images on buttocks and / or breasts; dialogue that says,” You stared … Perverted! ” the game refers characters to alcohol in the dialogue (eg “Alcohol! I want booze,” “Cheers love! Get me a beer.”), and guests can be seen drinking alcohol in the background; a character is depicted with a cigar in the words “sh * t” and “a * shole” are heard in the game. “
It’s worth noting that the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is rated ‘T for Teen’ – making it the same rating as the previous two entries on the Nintendo Switch. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has also received an “M for Mature” rating in Australia. You can read more about it in our previous post.
Aside from this ESRB rating, the game’s release date was advanced this week, and jumped from September 2022 to July 29.
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