Batman: Arkham Night receives ‘Mature’ rating from ESRB
Rated M for Mature…
The final installment to Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham series is set to feature a slightly more mature version of The Batman, as the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) have just revealed that they’ve given the game a ‘M’ rating.
According to ESRB’s guidelines, a game only receives a ‘M’ rating if “content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.”
The rating has come as a surprise to some as the previous instalments in the franchise received ‘Teen’ ratings.
Speaking to IGN, Rocksteady’s founder and director on Batman: Arkham Knight, Sefton Hill, shared his surprise: "From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind.
“We never did that in the previous two games... We just felt that this is the story that we really wanted to tell."
The Mature rating is sure to impact sales of the game to younger gamers, but Hill went on to say that toning down the story just wasn’t an option.
“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 jeopardise that."