Starfield rated R in Australia due to strong drug use

By Tom West,

It looks like we'll be getting as high as the sky in Bethesda's upcoming space RPG Starfield, as the Australian Government has rated it R 18+ rating, due to the game's strong use of drugs.

With Starfield set to touchdown on Xbox Series X|S, PC, and join the ranks of some of the best games on Game Pass in September, the Australian Classification board has now rated Bethesda's upcoming space-faring RPG, giving it an R 18+ rating. Much like the real world, it seems that only adults will be permitted to explore space, and collect the Starfield achievements.

Starfield rated in Australia ahead of launch later this year

According to the Australian Classification website, Starfield doesn't feature any scenes of sex, but does have mild nudity, a moderate amount of bad language, themes with a moderate impact, strong use of violence, and high drug usage. Due to the game's use of narcotics, Starfield has been rated R 18+, meaning it has a high impact and will be restricted to adults in Australia.

After a couple of delays, Bethesda will be launching Starfield on Xbox Series X|S and PC on September 6th. If you'd like to know more about the upcoming space adventure, we've rounded up everything we know about Starfield for you. Our knowledge base will hopefully grow on June 11th when Bethesda host the Starfield Developer Direct after the Xbox Summer Showcase.

What do you make of this rating? Were you expecting it to be rated for adults? Drop a comment below and let us know!
Tom West
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with a number of systems until he eventually fell in love with Xbox. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not hunting for Xbox achievements, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online or fighting for survival in Battlefield.
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