The official ESRB rating description for Persona 3 Reload has been published. Nothing here is particularly surprising, with Mara being confirmed. There’s mainly justification for the M for Mature rating.
You can view the full Persona 3 Reload ESRB rating description below:
This is a role-playing game in which players assume the roles of high-school students investigating a mysterious tower that only appears at midnight. During the day, players interact with classmates, teachers, and town characters, gaining social links to improve relationships and abilities.
At night, players explore the tower and engage in battles against human and fantastical enemies (e.g., shadows, demons, spirits) in turn-based combat. Players select weapon and magic attacks from summoned persona creatures to kill enemies; battles are accompanied by impact sounds, gunfire, and cries of pain.
Cutscenes also contain instances of violence and/or blood: a creature’s arm cut off and crushed, with blood-splatter effects; characters shot, also with blood-splatter effects; pools of blood on the ground; characters shooting themselves in the head to summon personas.
The game contains some sexual material: female demons with partially exposed breasts and buttocks; a creature with a phallic-shaped head and torso. Some demons (e.g., succubus, incubus) have sexual characteristics that are described in the text (e.g., “They visit sleeping men/women and have sexual intercourse with them.”). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the game.
Persona 3 Reload is a remake that aims to capture and expand upon the original Persona 3 experience with enhanced gameplay, story, and characters. The protagonist finds himself attending Gekkoukan High School, where he quickly becomes acquainted with the Dark Hour and Tartarus. He then joins S.E.E.S, a group that seeks to end the supernatural conundrums with their Persona abilities.
This entry birthed many systems seen in the modern mainline Persona entries, such as Social Links and the Calendar. The same general gameplay loop was also initially utilized here, comprised of social activities during the day and Shadow battling at nighttime. Players can fuse Personas for the protagonist, as he’s the only one capable of using multiple.
Persona 3 Reload will be the fourth version of Persona 3. There was the original PlayStation 2 release followed by FES that enhanced specific gameplay elements while adding the Answer epilogue, and then Portable on the PSP, which removed the Answer but added the female protagonist option.
Persona 3 Reload does not feature the Answer epilogue or the female protagonist and instead bolsters the identity of the original game with several quality-of-life upgrades alongside more characterization.
Persona 3 Reload will launch on February 2, 2024, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and Steam.
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