Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA6, GTAVI) has already received a rating from the Australian Classification website, but what’s surprising is how low it is and how severe the reasons are. For those who aren’t aware, GTA V and GTA online are rated MA18+, and GTAVI received a MA15+ rating, which is much lower. The reasons were “strong sex scenes” and “strong drug use”, which should really have pushed it far higher.
Editors Update: It seems like this may not be as believable as first thought. Many are reporting this as a fake post because a publisher and author are not in it. For now, we’ll say to take it with a grain of salt, as with all leaks.
GTA6 is reported to be a lot heavier into sex, drugs, and violence than its predecessors, and this rating confirms it. There are definitely sex scenes and drug use that can be considered ‘strong,’ yet the previous games had little drug use and almost no sex scenes, yet they were given heavier hits.
It leads us to believe that maybe we’ve gotten a lot more relaxed with our ratings, or maybe the violence in GTAV and Online is worse than in GTAVI.
This is easy to believe because GTAV literally had torture scenes that the player participated in, which most likely helped it get a higher rating. However, it is strange to think that Rockstar wouldn’t push the envelope even further with each new entry. Over the years, the series has gone further and further into what is considered taboo, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
So we’d guess that maybe this kind of stuff isn’t as serious in Australia, or maybe the old ways of rating games don’t apply today. With time, things that were once taboo or bad are no longer considered so bad. Despite its MA15+ rating, this game is likely to be as controversial as the others, regardless of how far the violence, sex, or drugs go.
So, if this new rating is making you question Rockstar, we’d say that they’ve likely not lost their touch.
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