Far Cry Primal is set to get pretty rough, says ESRB

The more I hear about Far Cry Primal, the more …well, primal it gets. If the way hunter Takkar treats giant megafauna wasn’t enough, the ESRB has revealed a few more details about how he treats his fellow humans – and it’s pretty rough.

It looks like Ubisoft’s laid off on the drug content this time around, but it’s doubled up on both Blood and Gore and Intense Violence. I don’t know what I expected, but “ears cut off and kept as trophies” wasn’t really on the list. According to the Ratings Board though, that’s what we’re getting!

Things start off okay, with the synopsis acknowledging “missions that involve tracking/hunting animals, resource-gathering, and combat against rival tribes”. Weapons include clubs, spears and arrows. There are also brief glimpses of male genitalia shown in certain scenes (or from certain camera angles), “under garments or in shadows”, while “some female characters are depicted topless” and there is some (clothed) sexual activity shown without explicit details.

The explicit details, of course, come from the “blood and gore” category:

Some sequences require stealth kills in which enemies are stabbed in the head or slashed close-up. One cutscene depicts a character being held in a fire while screaming; another depicts Takkar tapping a hole in another character’s skull as the man screams. Some scenes depict corpses in various states of mutilation: heads and torsos on spikes; ears cut off and kept as trophies; headless bodies lying in pools of blood.

Australians, in case you were wondering, Far Cry Primal has already been rated for release over here – and it’s been given an MA15+ (for “strong themes and violence” with online interactivity). So while it sounds like it’s a pretty graphic experience, it’s one you’ll be able to try out if you like.

Far Cry Primal is set for release on PS4 and Xbox One on February 23, with a PC version following on March 1.

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