The US ratings board has revealed new gameplay details for I Am Alive, Ubisoft's in-development action game.
As always, the ESRB rating summary makes for interesting reading. It is reproduced in full below:
"This is an action game in which players assume the role of a man who must find his family in a post-apocalyptic world. From a third-person perspective, players traverse through city ruins and use a machete to kill human enemies in melee-style combat.
"Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, slashing sounds, and cries of pain; characters emit brief splashes of blood when hit. Players have the ability to kill or knock unconscious wounded/vulnerable enemies via finishing moves (e.g., throat slashing, impaling, pistol-whipping); these scenes are highlighted by close-up camera angles and increased player control (e.g., on-screen prompts with button-press sequences).
"During the course of the game, players encounter women who can be saved from nearby enemies; sexual mistreatment is sometimes implied in the dialogue (e.g., 'These guys kept me as their pet, or mascot, or something.'). One sequence depicts the background silhouette of a man fondling and threatening a captured female survivor; the exchange includes phrases such as 'Do you hear me? Don't touch me!' and 'Don't be like that. You know I can make your life a lot easier if you would just cooperate.'
"The words "p*ssy," "f**k," and "sh*t" can be heard in the dialogue."
It now appears the game, which had been thought mired in development hell, is approaching release.
I Am Alive, which sees you attempting to survive in a Chicago laid to ruin by a cataclysmic earthquake, was first announced way back at E3 2008.
We'd heard barely a peep about it since, save for news back in 2009 that original developer Darkworks had handed over the reins to Ubisoft Shanghai, before last month's leak of a trailer, no longer available due to a copyright claim by Ubisoft.
I Am Alive was originally intended as a full retail release, but a report earlier this year stated it had become a download title for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.