Starfield Rated ‘Restricted’ in Australia for Drug Use

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It’s time to cancel your pre-orders – there are no alien sex scenes in Starfield. It was confirmed recently that the Australian Government had rated Starfield ‘Restricted’ for ‘high impact interactive drug use’, but while doing so, it confirmed a string of other things about the game – provided the ratings are accurate, of course.

For instance, the classification board confirmed that there will be no sex whatsoever, very mild nudity, and strong and impactful violence. There will also be a fair amount of bad language and some ‘moderately impactful themes’ in the game.

These clarifications may not be accurate, as after all, the board did suggest that the game is coming to Xbox One

Starfield Will Not Feature Sex Scenes – But There Will Be Lots of Drugs

Fans of sci-fi franchises like Mass Effect have just fallen to their knees in various supermarkets around the world. By publishing this classification, the Australian Government has confirmed that there will be no lascivious sex scenes in Starfield, and even the nudity is set to be ‘mild’.

Sorry, gamers – no tantric, intimate moments will be had with tentacled aliens. But that doesn’t mean the R34 crew won’t get their hands on the game.

However, Australia’s classification did suggest that interactive drug use will take centre stage in Starfield, which isn’t exactly a surprise. In Bethesda Games Studio’s Skyrim, players can wolf down Skooma and Moon Sugar, and in the firm’s post-apocalyptic franchise, Fallout, everyone is slamming chems like Stimpaks, Jet, and Psycho.

In fact, when Fallout 3 was released, it was banned for a period of time in Australia, owing to the original use of morphine in the game. This was later changed so that morphine was represented as ‘Med-X’, and Bethesda never looked back.

So, it’s a safe assumption that we’ll see all manner of performance-enhancing space drugs in Starfield.

It was also confirmed that violence will be prominent in Starfield – which is something that we’ve actively been seeing in some of the most recent trailers, like this one, which served to reveal Starfield’s September launch date:

There are expectations that Starfield will be the biggest game of the year, but it does have some competition in the likes of Spider-Man 2, Hogwarts Legacy, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Starfield releases on September 6th on Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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