Final Fantasy XVI Denied Classification in Saudi Arabia Over Refusal to Modify Game’s Content

Final Fantasy XVI has been denied classification in Saudi Arabia due to the game publisher’s unwillingness to make necessary modifications to the game’s content. The official game ratings account for KSA confirmed the earlier reports of the game not getting an official release in the country.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated the game M17+ for Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, and Violence. The game’s content, which includes explicit violence, blood, sexual themes, and strong language, may have contributed to its ban in Saudi Arabia.

Final Fantasy XVI follows the story of an enslaved prince named Clive, who embarks on a quest to find his missing brother. Players assume the role of Clive and explore a fantasy kingdom, engaging in battles against enemy soldiers and fantastical creatures using swords and magical attacks.

The ban in Saudi Arabia might be related to the nudity mentioned in the ESRB description, as the game contains partially exposed breasts and buttocks, along with sexual content and references to prostitution. Final Fantasy XVI will be released on June 22, 2023, for the PlayStation 5, but it will not be available officially in Saudi Arabia.