Monolith Soft’s JRPG Series Xenoblade Chronicles is notorious for revealing a bit of skin from time to time, and it looks like the third entry will be no different. According to a recent ESRB rating, which was uncovered earlier this week, players will need to be prepared for an adventure containing blood and violence, swearing, and suggestive themes.
Note: Story spoilers are potentially ahead.
One section of the classification, in particular, that seems to be drawing attention to certain parts of the internet is revealing armor – with characters and creature designs that will feature “deep cleavage” and “partially exposed breasts”. Again, there will also be a lot of oaths in there. Here is the full summary:
“This is a role-playing game in which players follow combatants through a conflict between two nations. From a third-person perspective, players complete quests and engage in hand-to-hand combat. bodies against enemies (e.g. animals, creatures, human bosses) is highlighted by impact sounds, explosions and cries of pain Cutscenes depict other examples of violence: characters impaled by a sword; a character shooting himself off-screen; a man stabbing himself off-screen. A handful of scenes depict blood (e.g., droplets falling from an injured character; drops of blood on a character’s face). Some characters/fantasy creatures are designed with revealing armor and/or anatomy (e.g., deep cleavage, partially exposed breasts). “ehole” and “bitch” appear in dialogue .”
While this kind of content in a first-party Nintendo release may come as a surprise to some, it’s not necessarily the first time we’ve seen this kind of ESRB rating when it comes to a Xenoblade release. The original game had “partial nudity” and below is part of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 note, which also contains similar but different “suggestive themes” and language:
“The game contains suggestive material: female characters/creatures wearing outfits that expose large amounts of cleavage; camera pans and lingering shots of buttocks and/or breasts; dialogue that reads, ‘You were watching. .. Pervert!” Throughout the game, characters refer to alcohol in dialogue (e.g., “Booze! I want booze”, “Cheers love! Bring me a beer”), and patrons can be seen drinking alcohol in the background; a character is depicted with a cigar in his mouth. The words “sh*t” and “a*shole” are heard in-game.”
It should be noted that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is rated “T for Teen”, making it the same rating as the previous two entries on Nintendo Switch. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 also received an “M for Mature” rating in Australia. You can read more about this in our previous article.
Aside from that ESRB rating, the game’s release date was brought forward this week from September 2022 to July 29.
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