The ESRB has now rated Shenmue III giving us more ideas on the type of content that the game will have when it releases later this year.
Shenmue III has been rated T for Teenagers and up. The content descriptors say the game has “Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Simulated Gambling, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence”.
The rating summary says: “This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of a teenage jujitsu artist (Ryo Hazuki) as attempts to find his father’s killer. As players traverse fictional Chinese villages and towns, they interact with characters and engage in barehanded street fighting against enemy thugs and gang members. Players use punches, kicks, and throws to defeat enemies; fights are accompanied by impact sounds and cries of pain. Some female characters wear outfits with low cut tops that reveal large amounts of cleavage; dialogue and text also reference suggestive material (e.g., “I pray my hubby gains some pep to his step…in bed”; “Whoa, check out the pair on that one”; “The scumbags trying to extort money from any shop owner with boobs.”). As players progress through the game, they can wager in-game currency on dice games, animal races, and roulette-style games. Several characters can be seen smoking cigarettes and drinking from beer bottles and jugs of wine. The word “a*s,” “b*tch,” and “pr*ck” are heard in the game. “
Shenmue III releases on the PS4 and PC platforms worldwide on November 19th, 2019. The game will be a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store for PC users at launch.