Dead Island ESRB and PEGI rating revealed

Dead Island, the upcoming Zombie game from Techland, has received a mature rating from the ESRB, and PEGI has rated it 18 as well. The reasons cited were blood, gore and dismemberment. Yes, you can do unmentionable things to the undead.

ESRB states that, “This is a first-person shooter in which players join a group of survivors who must battle a zombie infestation on a tropical island. Players use baseball bats, knives, axes, shotguns, and rifles to kill waves of zombies. Battles are accompanied by screams of pain, realistic gunfire, and slow-motion effects. When zombies are knocked to the ground, players can sometimes stomp on their heads to complete kills.

Large blood splatter stains the surrounding environment and players’ weapon. Players can also dismember zombies, and various scenes depict bloody torsos, legs, or other mutilated body parts. As the game progresses, alcoholic beverages can be consumed to increase damage output, resulting in screen-blurring effects; in one cutscene, drunken characters are depicted stumbling around a party.

Some sequences also reference drug use; one mission requires players to retrieve drugs for a character“. You can read the rest of the description here. Dead Island is scheduled for release on September 9th 2011.

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