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.


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.