This Is What The ESRB Had To Say About Bravely Default

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Bravely Default has been rated by the ESRB, and has received a “T” (Teen) rating. The ESRB cite the following content descriptors for the game: Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Use of Alcohol.


Here’s the full rating summary the ESRB posted about the game:


This is a role-playing game in which players help a band of heroes save the fantasy kingdom of Luxendarc. From a 3/4 overhead perspective, players traverse the land, explore dungeons, and engage in turn-based combat against human characters and fantasy creatures (e.g., goblins, dragons, giant insects). Players use weapon attacks and abilities that are depicted with light effects, slashing sounds, and mild explosions; more elaborate attacks (e.g., summoning spells) are depicted with short animated sequences.


A handful of scenes depict instances of blood: a blood-like effect as a monster is slashed across the stomach; bloodstains on an enemy’s sword. During the course of the game, the dialogue contains references to suggestive material (e.g., “I would be happily obliged to make space in my own bed for you,” “At this rate I shall be compelled to clasp you to my breast, and plant a kiss upon your lips”). The game includes occasional references to wine and beer usage; a barkeeper and patrons are depicted drunk in several text/dialogue interactions.


Classy. Admittedly, it is a little odd to see a recent ESRB rating without a mention of “f*ck,” “sh*t,” “a*shole” and other flowery language… but in a nice way. Bravely Default will be available in North America on February 7th.

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