Starfield ESRB rating confirms aliens, drugs and jetpack sex

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The ESRB rating for Starfield has been updated and now includes the full description and breakdown of the game in addition to simply the Mature 17+ rating. Over on the ESRB official site, you can see the breakdown. A number of things are mentioned such as alien combat, realistic blood splatter and drug use featuring a fictional drug made up for the game’s universe.

According to the description, Starfield is:

"an open-world role-playing game in which players assume the role of a miner tasked with finding Artifacts across the galaxy. From first-/third-person perspectives, players interact with various characters, complete quests, and search for supplies while battling enemies (e.g., humans, robots, alien creatures). Players use futuristic guns, lasers, axes, and explosives to kill enemies. Combat is fast-paced, with frequent gunfire, cries of pain, and explosions. Attacks on some enemies can result in blood-splatter effects"

A quote from the game has made its way into the ratings as well, with it being revealed that a character is lying in bed with another character and states: “I’m all for getting a little wild, but next time let’s try it without the jetpacks”. 

Similar to other Bethesda games, Starfield will have its own drug called Aurora. According to the rating, it says:”A fictional drug (Aurora) is prominent in the game, with a section involving players’ characters working in an illicit drug lab; players can also obtain Aurora by stealing or buying it from vendors (consuming Aurora results in a distortion effect on the screen)”

It will be curious to see what kind of effect will occur on screen and for how long considering the impacts on gameplay. The Starfield direct is just over a month away and will be held on June 11 with a full, in-depth look at gameplay and new information. Starfield releases exclusively on Xbox Series X and PC September 6 with a day 1 Game Pass launch as well.