NIS America's First Mature-rated Title Is...Ar Tonelico Qoga
Known for bringing over rather suggestive titles in this franchise in the past, NIS America has avoided having any of their games – regardless of how suggestive some dialog and situations in them might be – get anything above a Teen rating by the ESRB. That’s all about to change, however.
I don’t tend to report on ESRB blurbs under usual circumstances, but this is actually pretty interesting. When was the last time you’ve heard of a publisher that has had zero M-rated titles in their entire existence? Probably never. While the franchise has always had solid game play, catering to fans of tried-and-true JRPGs, it does have its fair share of fan service, as well, which comes with the territory of anime-inspired, Japanese, visual novel-type games. Even at that, the first two games really haven’t gone this far. Take a look at these excerpts from the ESRB information on the title after the break and let us know what you think.
“Some power moves cause female characters’ clothes to vanish in layers; the characters are often depicted holding (covering) their breasts, wearing only underwear, or standing behind strips of light that obscure their genitals.
In one cutscene, male characters encourage a woman to strip (e.g., “Uh . . . do I have to take off even more clothes…?” and “Quit teasing us and do it already!”); another sequence depicts a male character “removing” a magical crystal from a female character—this scene is accompanied by suggestive moans and comments (e.g., “Aoto’s putting his hand inside Soma” and “Fumble around every inch inside of her . . . you will find what you’re looking for . . . !”). One brief cutscene depicts a female character’s exposed buttocks.”
Okay, so that goes waaaay beyond the little bit of suggestive dialog from the previous game, which I’ve embedded below. Whether you think it’s overdone innuendo or not, you have to give it up to NISA for having the balls to keep the entire game intact and not remove any of the suggestive sections just for a lower ESRB rating. There is currently no exact release date for North America, but NISA has it slated for March.