It looks like there is a director's cut of Ghost of Tsushima on the way, as the game has been rated by the ESRB. The Entertainment Software Rating Board has had a look at the PlayStation exclusive and its new and improved content, to see if it should change the age rating of the game. And, well, I'm not shocked to tell you the game is still rated M for Mature. Amusingly, the rating also references our favourite ass-et in the entire game too.
The summary for the rating says: "This is an action game in which players assume the role of a samurai (Jin Sakai) on a quest for vengeance against Mongol invaders in 13th century Japan. Players traverse open-world environments, interact with characters, complete quests (e.g., assassinations), and infiltrate enemy strongholds. Players use samurai swords, poison darts, and arrows to battle enemies in third-person melee-style combat. Some attacks result in dismemberment/decapitation of enemy soldiers, often accompanied by large blood-splatter effects.
Here is the trailer for Ghost of Tsushima in case you missed the Japanese epic adventure...
"Players can also perform assassination kills (e.g., neck stabbing, sword impalement) to dispatch enemies quietly. Cutscenes depict additional acts of intense violence: a soldier lit on fire and beheaded; bound civilians lit on fire and burned at the stake; a decapitated man's head held up towards the screen. The game also depicts a man's exposed buttocks as he bathes in a hot spring. The word "sh*t" appears in the game."
I feel like out of all these graphic depictions, the buttocks of Jin Sakai might be the least harmful. But in any case, it's important for games to go under review with new editions. It wasn't too long ago that the Australian ratings board briefly prevented detective mystery game Disco Elysium: The Final Cut from launching down under. This was rectified at a later date, but it shows that between editions of essentially the same title - boards can change their minds on what it deems appropriate.
The Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut has been rated for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 and will likely be revealed at the rumoured PlayStation showcase early in July.
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