Watch Dogs Re-Rated by the ESRB

April 14, 2014Written by Jason Dunning


With Watch Dogs officially arriving this May, it appears the game has changed enough since its original November 2013 build to warrant a re-rating by the ESRB. You can check out the first ESRB rating over here, with today’s including new descriptors of nudity (instead of just “partial nudity”), strong sexual content (instead of just “sexual themes”), and use of drugs and alcohol (instead of just “alcohol”).

The first half of the new rating summary is the exact same as the first one for Watch Dogs, which is, of course, still rated Mature. The second half, however, is quite different and includes descriptions of much more sexual content than before:

The game includes several depictions of topless female characters. One prolonged scene depicts a topless women standing in a bedroom; another sequence depicts close-ups of topless women sitting down. The game also includes a few instances of sexual activity, including an obscured depiction of masturbation; a woman performing fellatio on a man; and a man thrusting against a woman from behind—camera angles obscure the sex act and no nudity is shown. During the course of the game, the central character sometimes consumes large amounts of alcohol (the screen turns blurry); one sequence depicts characters using needles to inject themselves with drugs. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.

Over on Twitter, Creative Director Jonathan Morin confirmed that “no, we did not put cheat codes” in Watch Dogs. As well, Morin said, “Clarification on the Watch Dogs PAX footage: it’s a video captured on PS4 Devkit. Nobody is pretending to play on PC at PAX. Cheers!”