Appears to be the forthcoming Final Fantasy XVIdoesn’t just lean heavily on being Game of Thrones medieval aesthetics in jest. According to its MSRB rating in Brazil, FFXVI is judged mature for its sex scenes, drug use, and fantasized hate crimes.
According to an Reddit translation from the review of the game on the website of Brazil’s Ministério da Justiça (their Ministry of Justice and Public Security), Final Fantasy XVI features a cacophony of “mitigating circumstances” such as:
- Sex scenes (not shown in full) (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
- “Intentional Death” (ㆆ_ㆆ)
- Torture scenes with suffering victims (ಠ_ಠ)
- Drug use (¬‿¬)
- Prostitution (＃°Д°)
- Sexual Content (which is shown and discussed) (。﹏。)
- And hate crimes （⊙ｏ⊙）
While this news may come as a surprise to you, we already knew that FFXVI would be more mature than its predecessors because the producer, Naoki Yoshida, also said so in a interview with Game spot.
“If you’re trying to tell a story with difficult adult themes, these ratings can become a bit of a drag. And you find yourself changing things that you wanted to do in the game based on that assessment,” Yoshida shared Game spot. “To make sure we got the story we wanted to tell the way we wanted, we decided this time to pursue a mature rating in most of the regions that will release the game.”
Despite the brutality of FFXVIs mature content rating details, the aforementioned themes and topics are not entirely new to the franchise. Last year Square Enix updated the guidelines for its MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV, allowing its users to engage in consensual and private erotic role play as long as it was performed “in a private space”. Granted, bumping into ugly people or making love FFXIV for the romantics out there, it basically boils down to crouching down while you’re uncomfortably close to your special friend. But it’s real FFXIV players, damn it, and all the power to them.
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Final Fantasy VII Remake also had its fair share of adult content, despite being rated T for teen due to its language, suggestive themes, alcohol and tobacco use, and violence. Cloud Strife and his gang of eco-terrorists were tortured countless times, nearly trafficked, and witnessed domestic terrorism by having Shinra drop an entire colony on another colony. However, it seems that the only thing that separates FFVIIR from FFXVI is the level of detail the latter devotes to both his dialogue and how long his camera is focused on it FFXVI‘s sex scenes and hate crimes.
Personally, knowing that FFXIV features hate crimes moves me to tears. I cry ironically, don’t worry (～￣▽￣)～. Why the tongue-in-cheek laughter at fantasized hate crimes? Again in November, FFXIV‘s producer, Naoki Yoshida, poorly explained IGN why Valisthea’s fantasy world in the game didn’t include non-white people by saying he felt racial diversity would be a violation of FFXIV‘s “narrative boundaries.”
“Ultimately, we felt that while incorporating ethnic diversity into Valisthea was important, over-integrating it into this one corner of a much larger world could lead to a violation of the narrative boundaries we originally set for ourselves,” she said. Yoshida. IGN.
With that in mind, my mind races at a mile a minute, wondering what turns both on FFXIV‘s adult rated hate crimes and which fantasy group will be on the receiving end of them. Will the Hate Crimes be against people with bunny ears? Cat girls? Or worse, the British sounding natives? The possibilities may be endless, but they certainly will be a little white and, as the children say, that’s good.
FFXVI will be released next summer on PlayStation 5 and PC.