Conception II Gets an M Rating from the ESRB

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars | oprainfall

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (or ESRB, as it’s commonly called) has issued a rating for Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars. The upcoming ATLUS title has earned a rating of M for Mature.

“Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Blood, Partial Nudity, [and] Sexual Themes” are listed among the reasons the game received such a rating. Here is the complete rating summary describing the offending content in the game:

This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of a young student trying to rid the world of monsters. While exploring dungeons, players engage in turn-based battles with a variety of human and fantastical enemies (e.g., ogres, demons). Human characters occasionally use guns to shoot the player’s characters; other fighters use hammers, swords, or blasts of energy to deplete opponents’ health meters. A handful of scenes depict a character covered in blood across the chest and upper arm. The game includes some suggestive dialogue (e.g., “You have giant boobs!” “I think your breasts are very lovely . . . Um, well…Their shape is…I think boys would like them.”). During the course of the game, players are able to engage in a Classmating system, in which two characters interact to create a Star Child; these brief sequences do not depict sexual acts, though the female characters shown are often partially nude and placed in suggestive poses (e.g., on their hands and knees). Female characters are also depicted with jiggling breasts, and camera angles often zoom-in on cleavage and buttocks. The words “sh*t” and ‘a*shole’ appear in the dialogue.

Given the fact that some recently released images of the transformation sequences are very NSFW-ish, I would hardly consider an M rating a surprise. It’s interesting to note that this rating only applies to the Nintendo 3DS version—the PlayStation Vita version of Conception II has yet to receive an ESRB rating. However, it more than likely won’t differ.

Developed by Spike Chunsoft and published and localized by ATLUS, Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars was announced for localization back in November 2013 and is the first game in the series to be brought to the West. It will be released for the 3DS and Vita April 15 in North America. Those who pre-order the game will receive a soundtrack and a special art box as a pre-order bonus.

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About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.




  • Roberto Ruiz Contreras

    Awesome

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Now i’m kind intrigued.

  • SirFranku

    My pre-order is ready.

  • Jonah Rosen

    I just checked out those so-called “NSFW-ish” transformation sequences, and if those are REALLY considered “NSFW-ish”, then I suppose that could mean certain other transformation sequences, particularly those in such Magical Girl animes as Sailor Moon are “NSFW-ish”, A classic anime made for LITTLE GIRLS IN MIND!

    Some of the costumes are more “NSFW-ish” than the actual transformation sequences.

    • zeezee

      The “NSFW” claim is definitely overstated compared to some games we’ve been seeing lately, but it’s probably more of a courtesy warning than anything else. In truth, we’ve probably all seen far worse on evening television (yet that doesn’t get an “M” rating.

      I just can’t imagine Spike/Chunsoft as one of those companies that takes things too far (like Imageepoch, for instance). This is the same company that created the majority of the Dragon Quest games, after all. But the Spike half is made up of ex-Human employees so that could be the NSFW part (You may remember what they did to Valis).

    • Jonah Rosen

      Oh god, don’t get me started with what they did to Valis! I normally don’t get bothered by pornographic material, but to ruin a half-way decent action platformer series by turning it into an eroge series (that only managed to get as far as retelling the original trilogy in a more eroge setting) is rather deplorable.

      Also, mind explaining what you mean by Imageepoch taking things too far? I’ve only played the first two Luminous Arc game out of their entire library so I’m not sure what you mean.

  • Jesse Johannsen

    I’m glad they’re localizing a random sequel of a game we never got.

  • RagunaXL

    that’s kind a surprise. T definitely, but the trailers and demos haven’t shown me anything that is M material. oh well, I don’t think that is going to affect the majority of this game’s audience.