Here’s Why Mass Effect Andromeda Is Rated Mature By the ESRB

March 13, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

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The ESRB has released their full ratings description for Mass Effect Andromeda, where they explain that it’s rated Mature for blood, nudity, strong language, strong sexual content, and violence.

The description adds:

This is an action role-playing game in which players lead humanity to a new home across the galaxy. As players explore various planets, they use futuristic weapons (e.g., laser rifles, Cryo-beams, shotguns) and special abilities (e.g., concussive blasts, telekinetic pushes) to combat hostile alien races. Battles are frenetic, highlighted by realistic gunfire, explosions, and screams of pain; enemies sometimes emit splashes of blood when hit.

During the course of the game, the central character can develop relationships with crew members and engage in brief sexual encounters with them. These brief sequences (couplings) depict sensual caresses, sexual moaning, and hip gyrations; characters’ breasts and/or buttocks are sometimes exposed for prolonged periods. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.

If you didn’t get your fill of Mass Effect Andromeda footage over the weekend, BioWare brought out a new trailer today in partnership with the European Space Agency that focuses on the Pathfinder, while IGN uploaded a video introducing Jaal (beware of potential story spoilers):

Mass Effect Andromeda review copies are in the hands of reviewers, and aggregator OpenCritic says the embargo lifts on Monday, March 20 at 12am PT/3am ET.

Mass Effect Andromeda launches on March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

[Source: ESRB, OpenCritic, Michael Gamble]