Fighting game fanatics eagerly self-lobotomizing in anticipation of the next KOF have one less thing to worry about. The ESRB ratings won't be hindering KOF14's launch to say the least, as the game recently passed with a "T" for Teen rating.
This is an arcade-style fighting game in which players compete in one-on-one/three-on-three tournament matches to lay claim to the title of King of Fighters. Players punch, kick, and use special abilities (e.g., fireballs, electrical strikes, sand blasts) to drain opponents' life meters. Combat is accompanied by frequent impact sounds, cries of pain, and colorful light effects. Several female characters are depicted in low-cut outfits that display large amounts of cleavage and/or buttocks. Female characters' breasts sometimes jiggle during matches. One female character's special attack depicts her pulling an opponent's face to her breasts. A handful of sequences depict close-up shots of a character smoking a cigar and a character drinking from a sake bottle. Some still-image screens show drunken characters holding glasses of beer. The words sh*t,Ed*ck,Eand a*sholeEappear in the dialogue.
Passing through the ESRB with a Teen rating is certainly a load off SNK's shoulders, considering this will mark the comeback of their games division.
For Europe, the game has already passed with a PEGI-12 rating
despite some animations like Luong's neckbreaking Climax, which involves tactical use of her hip.
CERO, the Japanese equivalent of the ESRB, doesn't have the game in its database
yet. The organization's ratings usually tends to be more lax, and it's unlikely to cause issues for launch.
Photo by Famitsu
In an interview with Famitsu
last week at E3, producer Yasuyuki Oda disclosed that the game's development is complete and just waiting to pass through approval processes. His team is currently preparing towards launch.
News from: GameIdealist (Via One Angry Gamer)Thanks to Micky Kusanagi for the news.