It’s not very surprising, but Persona 5 has been officially rated by the ESRB, and it’s going to be ‘M’ for Mature. According to a new Atlus sales sheet, the game has been rated ‘M’ for the following reasons:
- Drug Reference
- Partial Nudity
- Sexual Themes
- Stronge Language
Well, the game has been confirmed to have a swimsuit scene, so we already know the extent of the “partial nudity” bit. However, strong language in a Persona game is a little new. Aside from some harsh words used in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, the Persona games have never actually made use of really strong or offensive language, so it might be interesting to see how that pans out in this latest entry. It should also be interesting to see what kinds of drug references will be made in the game, because again, past Persona games (3 and 4, in particular) have dealt with tobacco and alcohol usage, but not really drugs.
Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona Q were also previously rated ‘M’ by the ESRB.
Persona 5 is set to be released for the PS4 and PS3 on February 14, 2017 in North America and Europe.