ESRB has rated Sakura Wars for PS4 giving it a Teen rating. They have described the partial nudity and sexual themes featured in the game.
Sakura Wars is a soft reboot of the franchise. It contains a mixture of action RPG, visual novel, and dating sim elements. The game is out now for PS4 but only in Japan. It is expected to launch later this year for the West.
ESRB has shared the details on the Sakura Wars rating, which has received a T for Teen rating.
This is a relationship simulation/action game, set in a steampunk 1920s version of Tokyo, in which players lead a combat troupe to defeat demons by using giant mech suits. Players use swords and blasters to fight enemy robots and demons in melee-style combat. Battles are frenetic, with impact sounds, colorful lights effects, and large explosions. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: a woman slashed across the chest, resulting in blood-splatter effects; a child kidnapped at gunpoint by gangsters; animated sequences of giant mechs in battle. The game also contains some sexual material: dialogue referencing pornography (e.g., “I guarantee you that’s porn”; “Whoa, that’s definitely a nudie magazine.”); minigames in which players can zoom-in on characters’ body parts (e.g., legs, buttocks, breasts), with accompanying dialogue (e.g., “Man, those legs…Just imagining the paradise at the end of them…”; “As far as chest size…The bigger, the better!”); a still-image sequence depicting a character groping a woman’s chest while stating, “But they look so soft! Just one little squeeze…” A handful of bath-house sequences depict partially nude female characters, with breasts slightly obscured by steam. The word “sh*t” appears in the game.
The game started its development in 2016 and was released in Japan for PS4 on December 12, 2019. It is scheduled for an English localization release in Q2, 2020.