Forspoken, the upcoming open-world action-RPG from Square Enix and developer Luminous Productions, is hot on its way to PS5 and PC this May. Ahead of the launch, the ESRB has officially given it a “Mature” rating, but stated that it will also include microtransactions.
As reported by Exputer, Forspoken recently received an ESRB rating of M for mature audiences, mainly due to excessive violence and strong language. The description mentioned some instances of the violence we’ll see in the game. They also noted that it will contain in-game purchases, meaning microtransactions will be present.
The full ESRB description for Forspoken reveals quite a bit about the game’s use of violence and language, which you can read below:
Some instances of violence in Forspoken includes battles that contain colourful effects, screen-shaking and cries of pain. Other cutscenes in the game depict a character trying to jump off a building, monsters killing civilians, and a character being held at gunpoint. Additionally, strong language such as the words “f**k” and “s**t” are heard in the game.
However, the most revealing part of the rating seems to be in-game purchases. Given that Forspoken is a single-player game, it’s strange to see Square Enix attempt to inject microtransactions into the experience, as they’ve mostly shied away from doing so in prior single-player games.
It’s worth noting that we don’t know to what extent these microtransactions will impact Forspoken. The most likely case is that it will simply be purchases for cosmetic items similar to what Ubisoft implemented in their recent single-player Assassin’s Creed games.
Following a preview last year, Forspoken was met with a mostly mixed reception from media outlets and fans. Many praised the game’s visuals and creative gameplay, but also criticized the writing, barebones design of the open-world (from what we managed to see in the preview) and the repetitive exploration.
Time will tell how Forspoken plays out when it launches on 24 May 2022 for PS5 and PC.