According to the official ESRB rating for the upcoming action game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, it will carry on the violent legacies of Dark Souls and Bloodborne.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board recently revealed it gave an M for Mature rating to Sekiro, meaning it’s recommended for players 17 and older. Similar to FromSoftware’s other tough-as-nails series, Sekiro has earned its rating due to “blood,” “violence,” and “gore.”
The ESRB’s full rating summary can be seen below.
This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of a disgraced shinobi on a quest to rescue his kidnapped lord in ancient Japan. Players use swords and a prosthetic arm to battle members of an enemy clan and supernatural demons in frenetic combat. Large blood-splatter effects occur as enemies are killed; some attacks result in decapitation and/or dismemberment. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: a man impaled through the chest with a sword; a child stabbed with a sword off screen.
Considering FromSoftware’s use of mature content in its previous titles, Sekiro‘s M rating doesn’t come as that much of a shock. Plus, what the developer has shown off so far from the game, like the Corrupted Monk boss fight, has proven it will be an intense experience.
Rating aside, fans of Dark Souls and Bloodborne should be in for a treat with Sekiro. During E3 2018, Activision debuted gameplay that showed off the many amazing abilities that game’s lead ninja will possess. Players will be able to perform drop-down stealth kills, use a grappling hook, change the ninja’s prosthetic arm for different attacks, and more. Director Hidetaka Miyazaki also previously teased that Sekiro should be more challenging than Dark Souls for many players.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 22nd.