Ar tonelico is a Japanese RPG series developed by Gust (makers of the Atelier series as well, which we’ve commented on before). Its third installment Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel has just been reviewed by the ESRB and rated M due to the following:
“Some power moves cause female characters’ clothes to vanish in layers,” the ratings board says. “The characters are often depicted holding (covering) their breasts, wearing only underwear, or standing behind strips of light that obscure their genitals.” Other described scenes feature “male characters [encouraging] a woman to strip” and a scene in which a male character removes a magical crystal from a female, accompanied by what the ESRB calls “suggestive moans and comments.” How suggestive? “Aoto’s putting his hand inside Soma,” for example, and “Fumble around every inch inside of her . . . you will find what you’re looking for . . . !”
This is so bizarre that I’m almost not sure it needs commentary. Disappearing clothes on the women? Barely obscured genitals? Reaching inside a woman’s vagina to pull out a magic crystal? That’s pretty impressively terrible. The game is launching in Japan on January 28th, and coming to the U.S. sometime in Q1 this year.
Thank you once again ESRB for letting me know which games I should buy and which ones should stay on the shelves.