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ESRB Rates Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has issued a rating for Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, but, for some reason, only for Xbox One and PC at this point in time.

This would indicate that Square Enix will soon announce a release date for the remaster, which has been treated to newly rendered visuals.

“This is a role-playing game in which players follow the story of fighters involved in a war for independence. Players can explore cities, interact with characters, perform quests, and battle human and fantastical enemies,” the rating reads.

“Combat is turn-based, with players selecting attack moves from a menu which triggers brief animated sequences. Cutscenes also depict instances of violence and blood: a character impaled through the chest with a crystal shard; a character slashed across the face during a swordfight; blood splashes and a bleeding wound on a character’s face.”

It continues: “The game contains some suggestive material: scenes referencing a ‘naughty magazine,’ though no images are shown; female characters wearing low-cut or skimpy clothing that reveals large amounts of breasts/cleavage.

“A handful of scenes depict drunk characters slurring their speech or hiccupping; one sequence allows players’ character to buy alcohol in order to obtain an item—after drinking, a character says, ‘Whoa… (hic) I’m totally wasted…’). The words ‘a*s,’ ‘bastard,’ and ‘b*tch’ appear in the dialogue.”

In Final Fantasy VIII, the military nation of Galbadia has declared war on the Dukedom of Dollet, who must hire the mercenary force, SeeD.

Squall Leonhart, a new member of SeeD, together with his friends and Rinoa Heartilly, a member of a resistance group, get pulled into the war, unaware of their fated task to save the world.

Final Fantasy VIII will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in 2019.

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