ESRB Explains Heavy Rain Sexual Content

Many gamers were unsurprised when the ESRB released their official rating for Quantic Dream‘s upcoming PS3 exclusive, Heavy Rain. Early, pre-game trailers have revealed that Heavy Rain is a mature, interactive drama that hopes to create an entirely new genre in video games. Even David Cage, the game’s creator, has aluded to in interviews, the game’s heavy sexual and mature content.

Coming straight off of the ESRB’s website, their official wording regarding the game’s sexual content:

The game contains sexual content and nudity. Shower cutscenes may depict a male character’s bare butt; if players control the female character, her breasts and buttocks are also briefly visible. A more prolonged instance of nudity occurs during a female character’s investigation of a seedy club owner: After getting him alone in a room, the player-character is asked to strip; at gunpoint, she dances topless in front of the man. The game also contains a prompt-based love scene (kissing and rubbing) in which players match on-screen cues to angle characters’ mouths, remove shirts and blouses, unhook bras, and lower to the floor; a woman briefly appears topless amidst the dark shadows and heavy breathing—actual sex is never depicted as the camera fades to black.

So, some thought should be given before parents allow their children to play Heavy Rain. The game hits store shelves late next month.