The official website for Persona 5 has recently been updated with the game’s Computer Entertainment Rating Organization rating of “C” in Japan, or for ages 15 and up.
CERO C, the rating for Persona 5, is given to games meant for ages 15 and over in Japan. Historically, every Persona game has received a rating of CERO B (ages 12 and up), with the exception of Persona 4 Golden due to its added sexual content from Persona 4.
Persona 5 will therefore be the second game in the series to have received a rating of CERO C, and the first to have received that rating as an original title.
Series Rating Information
Ratings via the official CERO website.
|Persona 2: Innocent Sin||PSP||B||Sexuality, Violence, Crime, Drugs|
|Persona 2: Eternal Punishment||PSP||B||Sexuality, Violence, Crime|
|Persona 3 FES||PS2||B||Sexuality, Violence, Language|
|Persona 3 Portable||PSP||B||Sexuality, Violence, Language|
|Persona 4||PS2||B||Sexuality, Violence|
|Persona 4 Golden||PS Vita||C||Sexuality|
|Persona 4 Arena||PS3, Xbox 360||B||Violence|
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimax||PS3||B||Sexuality, Violence, Crime|
|Persona 4: Dancing All Night||PS Vita||B||Sexuality, Language|
|Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth||3DS||B||Romance, Sexuality, Violence, Fright|
General series CERO content descriptions via IGN as a reference (these are not for Persona 5, as the game has not had a description to match its rating yet):
Contains expressions of romance or love. (Possibly includes kissing, hugging, dating, and other expressions of romantic desire or relations.)
Contains expressions of sexual relations and/or sexual activity. (Possibly includes swimwear or suggestive outfits, exposure of underwear, nudity, suggestive behavior, immoral thoughts, prostitution, sexual contact and/or activities, and other sexual content.)
Contains frightful or horror elements. (Possibly includes traditional horror characters such as ghosts, zombies, vampires, or other elements of the occult, as well as moments designed to frighten. Usually used to designate games that may scare children, the Fright icon might not be found on frightening games outside of lower age ratings, even in games that fall into the Horror genre.)
Contains criminal activity, either by depiction or in interactive form. (Possibly includes illegal activity, dangerous and unlawful behavior, abusive behavior, prostitution, rape, organized crime, and other criminal acts.)
Contains depiction or references to the use of drugs and illegal narcotics.
Contains profane, derogatory or bigoted language.
“Drinking & Smoking” and “Gambling” are the two CERO content descriptors that have not been assigned to a Persona game as of yet.
Persona 5 is slated to be released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016, with a February 14, 2017 North American release date.