Starfield ESRB Rating Reveals Drugs, In-Game Purchases, and Post-Sex Dialog, including Coitus with Jet Packs On

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The ESRB has published its rating summary for Starfield, and it can confirm that players, contrary to the Australian Classification’s analysis of the game, will be able to “share a bed” with some of the space-faring RPG’s characters. “Life is a sexually transmitted disease that’s a hundred percent fatal,” reads one piece of post-sex dialog that the ESRB leaked, while another suggests that characters can even have sex with jet packs on in Bethesda’s highly anticipated game. Starfield, which also features expletives that include “f*k” and “bullsh*t,” is releasing exclusively for PC and Xbox Series X|S consoles on September 6, 2023, and also as a day-one title for Game Pass.

From an ESRB listing:

This 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; several environments depict blood stains on the ground around corpses. The game contains some suggestive material in the dialogue, and after sharing a bed with characters (e.g., “Life is a sexually transmitted disease that’s a hundred percent fatal”; “I’m all for getting a little wild, but next time let’s try it without the jetpacks”; “Talk about seeing stars, whew… that was amazing.”). 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). The words “f**k” and “bullsh*t” appear in the game.

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