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Steins;Gate Rated M By The ESRB

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Earlier in the year, Siliconera reported that Steins;Gate, which is being brought to the west by JAST USA, would be rated by the ESRB prior to its western release. The game has finally been rated, and has unsurprisingly come away with an M (Mature) rating.

 

Here’s what the ESRB’s rating summary says:

 

This is an adventure game in which players follow a narrative involving a time-traveling character. As the storyline unfolds, players make choices that affect the direction of the game’s dialogue and action. Some still-frame cutscenes depict acts of violence: a woman shot in the head; a character stabbed in the chest; a person strangled. Blood stains are depicted on characters’ bodies and clothing.

 

The game contains sexual material in the dialogue and as part of the central character’s inner monologue (e.g., “You can rape her, and then just undo it with the Time Leap Machine,” ‘[S]he’s a flat-chested girl, but still a girl nonetheless,” and “why not taste the same girl’s virginity over and over again.”). In one sequence, two female characters are depicted inside a shower stall covering their breasts and pelvic area; one character’s buttocks is exposed. The words “sh*t” and “p*ssy” appear in the dialogue.

 

Steins;Gate doesn’t have a release date yet, but JAST have announced that they plan on releasing a limited physical edition of the game, which will also get you a free download copy of Steins;Gate in addition to the disc.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.