Final Fantasy XV Gets “Mild Nudity” Stamp by Australian Rating Board
Final Fantasy XV has been rated by the Australian Classification Board, getting a “M” rating. The Mature rating in Australia isn’t the same as in North America, indicating a 15+ advisory.
The descriptors are moderate violence, moderate fantasy themes, mild language, mild nudity and mild sexual themes.
The nudity one is pretty interesting, considering that no recent Final Fantasy title got it besides the remaster of X/X-2. Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII just got mild sexual themes (that is very easy to get), despite the fact that it includes some very revealing outfits.
Even Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, that has Fiore’s haf-naked skin pretty much exposed all the time, didn’t get a nudity stamp. A recent example of another game that received a mild nudity stamp is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
At the moment we haven’t seen much nudity in Final Fantasy XV, besides Cindy’s cleavage and Aranea’s costume, that shows just a little bit of skin, so we don’t know what warranted the descriptor. They certainly don’t seem to be on the same level of what we saw in Lightning Returns and Star Ocean.
That said, we shouldn’t expect a level of nudity comparable to, for instance, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, that got a “Moderate nudity” descriptor, which is one step higher in the scale.
It’ll be interesting to see if Final Fantasy XV hides more fanservice compared to what we’ve seen so far, especially considering that the development team seems to have no intention to shy away from more mature and darker themes compared to previous Final Fantasy titles.
A possibility, since the Australian Classification Board includes “closeness” among the parameters for a descriptor, is that the recently announced virtual reality feature allows you to basically bury your face in Cindy’s generous offering. That said, this is just personal speculation.
Once again, we’ll have to wait and see.