The ESRB has given Rocksteady’s upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight an “M for Mature” rating. The previous games in the series, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were both rated “T for Teen”.
A mature rating is given to games where the
Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
A teen rating on the other hand contains content suitable for those aged 13 and up. The M rating means that there will be players who were able to play the first two games in the Batman: Arkham series, but may miss out on the latest from Rocksteady.
The founder of Rocksteady and Arkham Knight game director Sefton Hill didn’t intend for the game to receive the higher rating.
“I’m not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out… I don’t want to be oblivious to that fact. It would have been wrong to water down the game and deliver a story we didn’t believe in to keep the game ‘mass market’ or enable it for more people. We feel that’s the wrong way to go about it. We said we love the story and we don’t want to jeopardize that.”
Personally I think it’s great seeing a developer not change a story or game in order to achieve a lower rating to reach a wider audience.
Batman: Akrham Knight is the fourth game in the series and the third by Rocksteady. It is due out in June for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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