Far Cry Primal’s ESRB rating describes torture, sex, and mutilation


The team here is stoked for the upcoming Ubisoft’s newest addition to the Far Cry series, Far Cry Primal, which will take players back to the stone age. Due to the era the game is set with, players will notice the lack of firearms in the game and will have to work with more melee style weapons like clubs, spears, bow and arrows as well as a pseudo magic ability to tame and control animals.

Creative Director Jean-Cristophe Guyot stated in a recent developer blog that the game will focus more on survival rather than war, which will change your motivation for killing in the upcoming shooter compared to the previous games in the series.

“Throughout the story, we give you good reasons why they’re here and why they’re dangerous to you, but we don’t want them to feel like stupid guards,” he explained. “So they have a life. We try to create a culture and religion for every type of tribe, and at some of the outposts, they’re actually playing music, fishing and doing other tasks.”

That doesn’t mean that the series trademarked violence won’t be present in the upcoming game, as the ESRB released some information on some of the more questionable content in the game.

“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. Certain scenes or camera angles can depict male genitalia under garments or in shadows; some female characters are depicted topless. A handful of scenes depict characters engaged in sexual activity while clothed; grunts and short moans can be heard, though no explicit details are seen.”

It isn’t much of a surprise that Primal would receive anything other than a M rating, as the series has never been shy to show some brutal up-close kills, male and female genitalia, and torture.

Then again, it’s been a formula that allowed the series to win our Game of the Year for both Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4, so Ubisoft must be doing something right with the series.