Until Dawn’s ESRB Rating Reveals Gruesome Death Scenarios

Supermassive Games’ horror title Until Dawn has received an official rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

As one would expect, Until Dawn’s survival horror premise is already enough to warrant the title an M for Mature rating, but ESRB has also labelled Supermassive Games’ IP under the following four categories: ‘Blood and Gore,’ ‘Intense Violence,’ ‘Sexual Themes’ and ‘Strong Language.’

Until Dawn’s rating summary reveals a few of the methods in which characters may meet their demise, which includes decapitation, disembowelment or simply being shot.

“Some choices can lead to depictions of intense violence and/or gore: characters shot in the head; characters cut in half by a saw blade; characters disembowelled or decapitated by a creature; a character forced to cut off segments of his fingers,” reads an extract from ESRB’s rating summary.

“The game includes some sexual material: dialogue that contains sexual remarks (e.g., “Let’s party like we’re f**king porn stars and make this one trip we will never forget” and “I mean, if you’re not gonna bang her…maybe Mike’ll take up the case”); a character looking at various sexual positions in a Kama Sutra book; a woman performing a striptease for a man, removing her clothes down to her undergarments. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “d*ck” are heard in dialogue.”

Earlier this year, Supermassive Games announced that Prison Break alumni Peter Stormare would be in Until Dawn. Stormare is the latest addition to a cast that includes the likes of Hayden Panettiere, Rami Malek and Brett Dalton.

Until Dawn’s narrative focuses on eight characters spending an evening in a remote cabin, with a masked killer hunting them down.

Supermassive Games has incorporated a butterfly effect as a core mechanic in Until Dawn, meaning that the decisions made by the player will have a consequence on each character’s fate and progression in the story.

Until Dawn is scheduled for release in North America on August 25, August 26 in PAL territories and August 28 in the UK and Ireland exclusively for PlayStation 4.