Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida has revealed that the upcoming JRPG will push for mature-themed content, and therefore may be the first core entry in the venerable franchise to receive an ‘M’ rating.

Usually most Final Fantasy games have a Teen or Everyone rating, but this time the development team doesn’t limit themselves and insists on a more mature tone. This is what Yoshida-san revealed during a chinwag with GameSpot

When you’re trying to tell a story with difficult adult themes, these ratings can end up being a bit of a drag. And you find yourself changing things you wanted to do in the game based on that rating. You wanted to show something, but since you have this particular assessment where you need to go, you have to put the camera away. And that makes the whole experience a bit cheaper in the end.

To make sure we could tell the story we wanted in the way we wanted this time around, we’ve decided to pursue a mature rating in most regions that the game will release.

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But again, this isn’t because we wanted to make the game more violent or explicit, it’s because we felt it necessary to allow us to explore those more mature themes that the game tackles.

Yoshida held a number of press interviews this week, revealing that Final Fantasy 16 will not have an open world and will also include “fully AI-powered” party members during combat. Elsewhere, he was full of praise for the PS5’s hardware, especially the console’s fast loading times.

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