Starfield Rated ‘M’ By ESRB, Features Violence & Use Of Drugs
Microsoft and Bethesda Softworks’ upcoming action role-playing game, Starfield, has been rated ‘M’ by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
According to the promotional material for the upcoming Starfield Direct, the game has been rated “Mature 17+” by the ESRB. Full details regarding the rating aren’t yet available, as the game’s rating page isn’t yet available on the board’s official site, though key points highlighted in the promotion include violence, blood, suggestive themes, strong language, and use of drugs.
According to the ESRB ratings guide, games that receive an M rating contain content that is generally suitable for ages 17 and above. They may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
In comparison, Bethesda Softworks’ previous game, Fallout 76, had also received an ‘M’ rating over blood and gore, drug reference, intense violence, and strong language.
Earlier, the Australian Classification Board had given Starfield a ‘Restricted’ rating. In addition, the listing stated that it will feature interactive use of drugs. The classification also noted that the game features “moderate impact” language and themes, “strong impact” violence, “very mild impact” nudity, and no depiction of sex. “Interactive drug use” is listed as the primary reason for the ‘Restricted’ rating. The Industry Details section of the listing stated that Starfield is recommended for players of age 18 and above, with ‘interactive drug use’ highlighted in the Consumer Advice category.
Previously, it was reported that a custom Xbox controller and headset themed after Starfield may be in the works. During a recent episode of The XboxEra podcast, K. Asante stated on chat that he has it on authority that the leaked images of a Starfield themed Xbox controller are real, and a headset is also on the way. He added that fans should not expect a custom themed Starfield Xbox Series X.