Square Enix wasn’t joking when the studio claimed that Final Fantasy 16 would be “darker”. We know that the studio wants this to be the most gruesome, mature entry in the series to date and by the look of things, it is definitely headed in that direction. According to the game’s rating in Brazil, Final Fantasy 16 has recieved a 16+ age restriction.
The game’s higher-than-usual rating is attributed to a number of factors. The rating board says the RPG includes hate crimes, drugs and prostitution. It describes these themes in more detail saying that the game includes sex but the “sex scenes are not fully shown”.
The violent content in the game is also present during gameplay and cutscenes. It includes violence with weapons, blood, intentional deaths, torture and victim suffering. There’s also mention of hate crimes.
“Extenuating circumstances: sex scenes not fully showed, violent content attenutated by scenes’ direction. Aggravating circumstances: violence with weapons, blood, intentional deaths, torture and victims suffering. Drugs, prostitution, sexual content both shown and talked about. Hate crimes.”
Final Fantasy 16 will likely get a release date at The Game Awards next week. Naoki Yoshida, the producer of Final Fantasy XVI confirmed he is attending the show and that it will host a “special live presentation”. Given the game’s recent rating, we can rest easy knowing that Final Fantasy 16 will get dated during the show. According to Square Enix, the game is set to launch sometime in the summer of 2023 which falls around June – August.
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