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Starfield Gets Mature ESRB Rating – Post-Sex Dialogue and Drug Use Detailed

Starfield, the anticipated upcoming sci-fi RPG from Bethesda Game Studios, has officially received a Mature rating from the ESRB citing violence, drug use, strong language and more. The rating also seems to imply post-sex dialogue of some kind that will be featured in the game, as one line in the description mentions dialogue exchanges after “sharing a bed.”

The Xbox exclusive has received an M Rating from the ESRB and will likely get an 18 rating from PEGI, though that hasn’t been confirmed yet. The ESRB highlights some experiences that players can look forward to in Starfield, indirectly giving us our first taste of the story, our character and what we’ll be doing in this expansive universe. According to the description, we play as a miner “tasked with finding Artifacts across the galaxy.”

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Like most Bethesda Game Studios titles, players will be able to switch between a first-person and third-person perspective throughout their playtime. “Players interact with various characters, complete quests, and search for supplies while battling enemies (e.g., humans, robots, alien creatures),” reads the description.

Combat was the next thing that the ESRB description covered, stating:

“Players use futuristic guns, lasers, axes, and explosives to kill enemies. Combat is fast-paced, with frequent gunfire, cries of pain, and explosions. Attacks on some enemies can result in blood-splatter effects; several environments depict blood stains on the ground around corpses.”

It seems like you might be able to pursue romantic or sexual relationships of some kind in Starfield too, though the actual scenes probably won’t be as hot and heavy as Mass Effect. The description mentions that the game “contains some suggestive material in the dialogue, and after sharing a bed with characters” with saucy post-bed one-liners like “Life is a sexually transmitted disease that’s a hundred percent fatal” or “I’m all for getting a little wild, but next time let’s try it without the jetpacks.”

Of course, you can’t space-hop without at least finding new drugs in the galaxy, as the ESRB states:

“A fictional drug (Aurora) is prominent in the game, with a section involving players’ characters working in an illicit drug lab; players can also obtain Aurora by stealing or buying it from vendors (consuming Aurora results in a distortion effect on the screen).”

Finally, the ESRB mentions that Starfield will contain in-game purchases or microtransactions but this is probably nothing to be worried about as it could relate to Bethesda’s usual Creation Club content.

Starfield launches on 6 September 2023 for Xbox Series X/S and PC. Don’t miss the Starfield Direct deep dive taking place on 11 June.

Source: ESRB

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