The ESRB has been very busy today as it has rated both Crackdown 3 and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Both games will be out later this year.
Crackdown 3 has been rated M for mature players over the age of 17. The content descriptors say the game features “Blood, Drug Reference, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence”. The game will be out on PC and Xbox One on February 15th, 2019.
The rating summary says: “This is a third-person shooter in which players assume the role of a member of an international task force battling terrorists in the year 2045. Players explore open-world urban environments and use pistols, machine guns, blasters, and explosives to kill enemy characters. Combat is highlighted by frequent blood-splatter effects, realistic gunfire, and explosions. Cutscenes occasionally depict characters screaming while being vaporized/incinerated. The game contains some sexual material: signs for adult entertainment (e.g., “Lust,” “XXX Smut,” “The Hot Room: Everyone’s Naked, Your depravity is our desire”); references in the dialogue (e.g., “My purchases are all booze, lube, junk food and porn…”; “I’m not paying that much just to get an STD…”; “…[H]e was Niemand’s former ‘hump-buddy’”). Dialogue also references cocaine and the word “f**k.””
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been rated by the ESRB too getting a T for teen rating. The content descriptors say “Blood, Partial Nudity, Violence”.
The rating summary says: “This is an action role-playing game in which players assume the role of Miriam, a cursed orphan who must battle her way through a demon-infested castle. As players traverse side-scrolling environments, they use swords, spears, pistols, and whips to battle fantastical creatures (e.g., harpies; spiked armor; demon-like birds, rodents, dogs) in melee-style combat. In one sequence, players encounter a boss character emerging from a bathtub full of blood; her magic attacks can cause blood to rain down on players and stain the walls and ceilings. Another sequence depicts an impaled corpse, with blood flowing heavily into a large fountain pool. The game also depicts a topless female boss creature (no discernible nipples).”
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be released sometime later this year for the PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch platforms.