Platinum Games’ upcoming action RPG NieR: Automata has been rated ‘M’ for Mature by the ESRB.
The US ratings board issued the rating due to the title’s blood, partial nudity, violence and strong language. Its detailed ratings summary also provides some new information on Automata’s combat:
This is an action game in which players assume the role of androids attempting to save Earth from extraterrestrial machines. Players use swords, spears, lances, and lasers to destroy enemy robots in melee-style combat. Large explosions and realistic gunfire are frequently heard during combat. Some sequences depict blood and additional acts of violence against human-like characters: a man impaled through the chest with a sword, resulting in large blood-splatter effects; character lying in pools of blood after getting stabbed. Some characters wear revealing outfits with partially exposed buttocks; one male character is depicted nude (without genitalia). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.
The Square Enix-published title is scheduled to release on PS4 in Japan in February, with a Western release following in March.