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PS5 exclusive Stellar Blade reportedly rated adults-only in Korea for nudity and violence

The upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusive, Stellar Blade, appears to have an age rating in Korea – and that won’t surprise anyone who’s seen the gameplay.

Stellar Blade is developed by Korean studio Shift Up and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment as a PS5 exclusive. It is an action game heavily inspired by Nier Automata, Bayonetta, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and features an anime-inspired female protagonist called Eve, who many compare to 2B and Bayonetta.

In an interview with GamesRadar, Stellar Blade game director Hyung-Tae Kim said that Shift Up “paid special attention” to Eve’s back, since that’s what players see for the vast majority of their time. time in the game.

With that in mind, Stellar Blade’s adults-only age rating in Korea makes perfect sense. Korean website This Is Game reported that Eve appears to be naked while wearing some costumes, and that the violence involves mutilations with lots of blood.

Although PEGI and ESRB have yet to release their ratings for Stellar Blade, it seems likely that the game will be rated similarly in the West before its April 26 launch.

Stellar Blade was first announced in 2019, then known under the code name Project Eve, and was initially announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will then appear two years later during a State of Play presentation in September 2021, where it will be presented as a PS5 exclusive. About a year later, Shift Up revealed the game’s official title and a 2023 release window. Then, after missing its 2023 release window, Stellar Blade appeared in January’s 2024 State of Play.

Wesley is the UK news editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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