Forspoken, the upcoming open-world RPG from developer Luminous Productions and publisher Square Enix, has received an age rating of 18 by PEGI, citing violence, strong language, alcohol use and in-game purchases. Some minor story points were also detailed in the rating, so proceed with caution.
According to the PEGI rating board, Forspoken will get an 18 rating for the “use of strong language (‘f**k’), as well as milder terms,” including violence, both realistic and for its fantasy setting. Thanks to the rating description, we also got an idea of how alcohol use will play out in Forspoken.
According to the description, “the player’s character can order alcoholic drinks at a bar. The drinks affect the player’s statistics, but do so in a random manner with negative outcomes possible.” As detailed in the rating, the main character, Frey, will attempt to take her own life after getting drunk, but is saved by a mysterious entity.
PEGI also detailed some of the violence in the game against human and non-human characters:
“The game also includes scenes of realistic violence, including a woman being set upon by a group of thugs who punch and kick her and hold a gun to her head. There is also violence against fantasy characters, who are knocked backwards by attacks and bleed yellow blood.”
The in-game purchases warning is one of the most frightening parts of the rating as we have no idea to what extent Square Enix will implement them in Forspoken. It’s possible that they’ll just be for cosmetic purposes, though we’ll have to wait for the final release to find out.
Forspoken was originally planned to launch this month, but the release date was pushed out to October in order to give the development team more time to polish the project.
Forspoken releases on 11 October 2022 for PS5 and PC.