Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Features ‘Characters Impaled by Swords’

A new ESRB rating for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth on the PlayStation 5 has revealed new key details about the game.

The rating summary of the game reads, “This is an action role-playing game in which players follow the story of a mercenary (Cloud Strife) on a quest to save the planet from evil. Players explore fantasy landscapes, perform missions, and battle monsters and soldiers in frenetic melee combat. Characters use swords, staffs, guns, and magic spells to fight monsters and human soldiers; combat is highlighted by impact sounds, cries of pain, and explosions.”

It continues, “Cutscenes depict further instances of violence, sometimes with splatters/pools of blood: characters impaled or slashed by swords, sometimes with slow-motion effects; an assassin throwing a spinning blade at a targeted figure; characters shot by soldiers.”

“Some female characters are designed with revealing outfits (e.g., deep cleavage); suggestive dialogue sometimes accompanies camera panning/close-ups of characters’ bodies/outfits (e.g., “Just admit it. You’re obviously captivated by my bodacious beach bod.”). The game contains some alcohol content: as Cloud, players can drink a version of moonshine while at a bar; cutscenes sometimes feature drunk characters slurring their speech. A handful of scenes depict characters smoking cigars or out of hookahs. The words “sh*t,” “a*shole,” and “pr*ck” appear in the game.”

The game was first announced during the State of Play in September 2023 and continues where Final Fantasy 7 Remake left off with the team of rebels escaping Midgar.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is scheduled to launch on February 29, 2024, on the PlayStation 5.

A PC release of the game has not yet been announced, but will likely launch on the platform at a later date, following suit after the first part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

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