The ESRB rating for Square Enix’s Left Alive has recently gone live. Unsurprisingly, the Rating Board gave the upcoming release an “M” for Mature. The typical descriptors are used to explain the reasoning behind Left Alive’s rating: “Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Use of Language, Use of Alcohol.” Still, the title’s rating summary offers the most insight. It details what people should expect from the war-torn setting, and it sounds like the events happening in Nova Slava will not be pretty.
The full rating summary for Left Alive provided by the ESRB is featured below:
As expected, the summary notes several examples of instances where player characters will partake in violent acts. These actions will occur when moving stealthily, during gunfights, and while participating in a variety of other combat encounters. In addition, the rating summary mentions soldiers’ vicious treatment of civilians, which players will likely circumvent while playing as the Police Captain, Olga.
However, the most jarring aspect of the above description are details about a “young girl” harming herself. It appears Left Alive won’t hold back in its depiction of a territory torn apart by war. The bleak reality of such circumstances means no would would be safe.
Players can experience said horrors for themselves soon enough, as the game’s release date is drawing nearer. Left Alive’s Japanese release date is set for February 28, 2019. The title will hit the PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe a week later on March 5th.