Rating Board Pulls Atelier Meruru In Japan, Must "Re-Rate"
Atelier Totori will release in North America in September...and JRPG fans better hope the ESRB gets it right on the first try.
Strangely enough, Atelier Meruru: The Alchemist of Arland 3 has been pulled from Japanese shelves for an inaccurate rating. The Japanese game rating board, CERO, says the rating - CERO A - isn't suitable for the game and therefore, it'll have to be re-rated before it can go on sale again. The game released on June 23 in Japan but according to the official release (as reported by Kotaku), CERO realized "the game was not properly reviewed and rated." Unfortunately, we don't know what they found that prompted the re-review; if you didn't know, "CERO A" is like the ESRB's E for Everyone. ...guess Atelier Meruru isn't for "everyone." Well, we can understand that.
By the way, Atelier Totori will launch in this country with a T-Teen ESRB rating. Oh, we're guessing CERO missed a few adult insinuations. They're never full-on adult "situations" in JRPGs; they're usually just hints.
7/28/2011 10:49:15 AM Ben Dutka