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Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk Gets a Teen Rating by the ESRB, Features Accidental Groping

January 3, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

Way back in 2012, we let you know that Amazon had posted a listing for the PS3 exclusive Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk with a March 5th, 2013 release date. This was one of the first pieces of information about the game coming to North America, and now, the ESRB has provided us with another.

They rated the game today and gave it a Teen rating, due to fantasy violence, suggestive themes, use of alcohol, and tobacco. We had previously reported that NIS America was handling the localization, but the ESRB rating shows us that it is actually Tecmo Koei handling those duties.

You can check out their full ratings summary below:

This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of Ayesha, a young girl attempting to save her sister by learning alchemy. Players control and encounter characters, explore various landscapes, and battle numerous fantastical enemies (e.g., rock monsters, lizards). Players use swords, magic attacks, crossbows, and occasional firearms in turn-based battles (i.e., selecting attack moves from a menu screen). During the course of the game, a handful of cutscenes include suggestive material: two female characters accidentally groping each other in a dark cave; a female character discusing being touched by men (e.g., “Whenever something happened, some guys would always touch my butt in the midst of the confusion”); two female characters taking a bath together (deep cleavage is depicted). One scene briefly depicts the central character passing out after drinking alcohol; dialogue also refer to intoxication (e.g., “I guess I’ll start with the hard liquor! Give me one that’s got a high proof!” and “If anything, there’s so little alcohol, even a kid might not get drunk off of it.”). One character is occasionally smokes cigarettes in the game.

We’re still waiting for an official street date regarding Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk, but now that it has an ESRB rating, it shouldn’t be too far down the road.

If it does arrive in March, will you set aside some time for the new RPG? Let us know in the comments below.

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