The official Entertainment Software Rating Board rating for Persona 5 has been revealed to be”M” for Mature (ages 17 and over), based on an updated Atlus USA sales sheet.
This follows the official Japanese CERO rating of “C” for ages 15 and up Persona 5 received in June 2016.
The ESRB has rated the game to be Mature for the following reasons:
- Drug Reference
- Partial Nudity
- Sexual Themes
- Stronge Language
The ESRB rating process, via Wikipedia:
To obtain a rating for a game, a publisher submits a detailed questionnaire and a DVD containing footage of the most graphic and extreme content found in the game to the ESRB, including content related to the game’s context, storyline, reward system, unlockable and otherwise “hidden” content, and other elements that may affect its rating. They may also provide printed copies of the game’s script and lyrics from songs in the game. The footage is reviewed by a team of at least three raters, who discuss what the most appropriate and “helpful” rating for the game would be, based on the footage and details provided.
The final box art with the ESRB rating has been uploaded as well:
Persona Series Ratings
Ratings via the official ESRB website.
|Persona||PSP||T||Fantasy Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, Simulated Gambling, Suggestive Themes|
|Persona 2: Innocent Sin||PSP||T||Drug Reference, Language, Mild Blood, Sexual Themes, Simulated Gambling, Violence|
|Persona 2: Eternal Punishment||PS One||T||Animated Blood, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes|
|Persona 3||PS2||M||Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Violence|
|Persona 3 FES||PS2||M||Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence|
|Persona 3 Portable||PSP||M||Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence|
|Persona 4||PS2||M||Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence|
|Persona 4 Golden||PS Vita||M||Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence|
|Persona 4 Arena||PS3, Xbox 360||T||Language, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence|
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimax||PS3, Xbox 360||T||Language, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence|
|Persona 4: Dancing All Night||PS Vita||T||Language, Mild Blood, Mild Violence, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes|
|Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth||3DS||M||Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence|
Persona 5 was released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016. It will release in North America and Europe on February 14, 2017, and in traditional Chinese and Korean in 2017.