Ratings Blurb Reveal
Just this past week the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) released it’s official rating for the upcoming Xbox and PC Bethesda RPG Starfield. The game is rated ‘Mature 17+’, and in the rating summary the reasons for this rating give away some interesting story elements.
New Starfield Story Details
The summary describes the basics of gameplay where players assume the role of the protagonist, who explores the galaxy searching for alien artifacts. This much we already were familiar with. But then the description continues with mentions of the kinds of weapons used for combat:
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.ESRB Rating Summary
The summary also includes mention of character relationships and sexuality. Romance is confirmed to be included in the game, though which NPC characters will be available to romance is not yet known.
The game contains some suggestive material in the dialogue, and after sharing a bed with characters (e.g., “Life is a sexually transmitted disease that’s a hundred percent fatal”; “I’m all for getting a little wild, but next time let’s try it without the jetpacks”; “Talk about seeing stars, whew… that was amazing.”).ESRB Rating Summary
The final piece of new Starfield story details that we get deals with drugs and drug use, which will be found in the game. Previous information had divulged the location of the city of Neon. It’s a port city on an otherwise uninteresting water planet.
A corporation called Xenofresh Corporation built a giant fishing platform on this aquatic world to catch and sell fish. What they eventually found was something far more profitable – one particular species of fish had psychotropic properties, which could be processed and sold as a recreational drug.
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).ESRB Rating Summary
Looking for more about Starfield?
- Starfield: 10 Things You Must Know!
- Character Creation Explained
- Starfield Gameplay Breakdown
- Starfield Exploration
We’ll be doing more deep dives into Starfield and covering the game here on deltiasgaming.com. Keep an eye out for more coverage as we anxiously wait for the game to release! Additionally, you can also watch Deltia streaming the game on Twitch.