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ESRB gives 'Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes' "sexual violence" warning

Kojima has already stirred up controversy over Quiet
Kojima has already stirred up controversy over QuietKonami, Kojima Productions

It isn't shocking that the ESRB has given Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes an M-rating. The usual classifiers, such as blood and gore, intense violence and strong language are all present, but fans may be surprised to see a warning for sexual violence as well. This makes Ground Zeroes the second game to ever receive this content label, the first being Animamundi: Dark Alchemist, a PC game from 2006.

The full rating summary includes some of the usual Metal Gear fare, with graphic violence and the ability to stealth kill enemies getting mentions. As for the sexual violence, it apparently happens offscreen, though players are still able to hear the ensuing struggle. While the following statement from the ESRB does not explicitly state any spoilers, we advise that it may be more information than some players may want to know before the game's release.

The game includes an audio file in which a female character is sexually assaulted by male characters; while there is no visual depiction, sounds of ripped clothing and struggle can be heard.

Many fans have already guessed that the female character in question is the scantily clad Quiet, whose revealing clothing have already been a source of controversy. Of course, Kojima and Konami have not commented on these theories. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is set to release on March 18th for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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