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Final Fantasy XVI is the darkest installment of the series. The ESRB confirms great news

Final Fantasy XVI is the darkest installment of the series.  The ESRB confirms great news

Final Fantasy XVI is the darkest installment of the series. The ESRB confirms great news

Blood, violence, profanity and other pleasures will come to Final Fantasy XVI. Square Enix has officially prepared the darkest installment of the series, in which there will be no shortage of stronger scenes.

A few weeks ago, Square Enix mentioned that Final Fantasy XVI may be the first part of the main series to receive an M (Mature 17+) rating, and we can confirm that indeed – the ESRB assessed the production and awarded such a designation.

According to the information provided Final Fantasy XVI is to contain blood, gore, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language and violence.

“Battles are fast-paced with impact sounds, cries of pain, and large explosions. Blood spatter effects often occur when characters are slashed and killed. The cutscenes feature additional acts of violence and gore: the character’s hands are severed with a sword; a guard’s throat cut with a knife; a figure pierced through the chest; prisoner’s arm stabbed and twisted by the interrogator’s blade. The game contains sexual material: a character caressing and embracing a man in bed; references to prostitution – sexual moans in a brothel; dialogues such as “I’d love to show you…if you can afford it” and “…thank you for your service. My chamber is upstairs.” Some characters are depicted with partially exposed breasts and buttocks. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the game.”

It’s definitely worth noting that some spin-offs have already received an M rating, but Final Fantasy XVI is the first major installment in the universe with such a rating. The information presented heralds some interesting events that we could not see in, for example, Final Fantasy X or Final Fantasy XV. The Japanese avoided stronger scenes, but apparently the latest installment will show us much more.

Final Fantasy XVI will debut in mid-2023 and the production will be available only on PlayStation 5 for the next six months. After that time, we can expect a PC release – currently it is difficult to say whether the game will be available on Xbox Series X|S, because Square Enix does not releases all titles from this IP on Microsoft consoles.

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