According to the rating board, this is due to the “use of strong language (‘f**k’), as well as milder terms,” as well as violence, both realistic and in the fantasy setting.
The use of alcohol and the inclusion of in-game purchases are also cited as reasons for the rating. “The player’s character can order alcoholic drinks at a bar. The drinks affect the player’s statistics, but do so in a random manner with negative outcomes possible,” claims the PEGI website.
According to PEGI, “the game also includes scenes of realistic violence, including a woman being set upon by a group of thugs who punch and kick her and hold a gun to her head. There is also violence against fantasy characters, who are knocked backwards by attacks and bleed yellow blood.”
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The rating board also highlights that at one point in the game, it appears that the main character plans to drunkenly take her own life, before being saved by a mysterious entity.
Announced in June 2020, Forspoken is the debut game from Square’s Luminous Productions studio. It will reportedly be a PlayStation console exclusive for two years.
The lead character Frey is portrayed by English actress Ella Balinska, who is known for starring in 2019 film Charlie’s Angels.
Following a delay, the game will now release on October 11, 2022.
In VGC’s recent preview, we said that Forspoken had the chance to be a “PS5 showpiece”.
“Coming from the team behind Final Fantasy XV, which revolutionised Final Fantasy combat, by making it actually fun to play is a great sign. The various abilities that have been teased in the footage seem to point to a game with a lot of variety, but how much of that will make into the final experience is yet to be seen.”