The Entertainment Software Rating Board Has given Starfield an M rating, detailing more of the content we can expect to see when the Xbox console exclusive launches later this year.
Starfield's Mature 17+ rating was justified due to the presence of in-game violence, blood, strong language, suggestive themes, as well as the use of a fictional drug called Aurora.
Starfield ESRB Rating
Starfield's ESRB rating confirms that "players use futuristic guns, lasers, axes, and explosives to kill enemies.
"Combat is fast-paced, with frequent gunfire, cries of pain, and explosions. Attacks on some enemies can result in blood-splatter effects; several environments depict blood stains on the ground around corpses.
The ESRB also notes that "some suggestive material" is present in both dialogue "and after sharing a bed with characters."
"Life is a sexually transmitted disease that's a hundred percent fatal," reads one such line, although this alone does not imply a game that features heavy nudity or on-screen sex.
"A fictional drug (Aurora) is prominent in the game, with a section involving players' characters working in an illicit drug lab; players can also obtain Aurora by stealing or buying it from vendors (consuming Aurora results in a distortion effect on the screen)."
Starifeld's Mature rating suggests that the game could tackle some heavier themes. The content justifying it also reveals that, despite being a new IP, it still very much relies on at least a few of Bethesda's old tricks.
Starfield is currently slated to release on September 6, when it arrives on PC and Xbox Series X/S. A dedicated Starfield Direct showcase is scheduled to take place on June 11, when we'll get to learn more about the highly anticipated RPG.
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