Computer Entertainment Rating Organization assigned the Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness video game a CERO Z rating in Japan. Despite showing seemingly harmless screenshots during the initial reveal, Spike Chunsoft hinted that the full game will stay true to the gory nature of the original manga and anime. [Thanks, Game Watch.]
The game publisher answered an inquiry from Game Watch in regards to the Japanese rating. It confirmed its intention to respect the original work and make the game adaptation satisfactory to Made in Abyss fans. The title is infamously known for featuring horrific gore, contrary to its initial art style.
We have translated Spike Chunsoft’s statement as follows:
“As our company respects the original work, we are developing it to become a game that fans of the original work can be satisfied with, while receiving cooperation and appreciation from related people. The rating inspection during that process became Z.”
Games that receive a Z rating from CERO receive a different treatment from other titles because they become strictly off-limits to minors under 18. Digital storefronts like the Japanese PlayStation Store require users to register a domestic credit card before they can purchase a Z-rated game.
While the English official website requires users to input their birth dates, the Japanese website also greets visitors with a question asking whether they are at least 18 years old or not. Those who chose “under 18 years old” will be directed away to Spike Chunsoft’s portal site.
Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness will be available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC worldwide in 2022.