The much anticipated conclusion to the Arkham series by Rocksteady has been rated ‘M for Mature’ by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. The previous Arkham games (Arkham Asylum and Arkham City) were rated ‘T.’ Why the change? Was it intentional? Not necessarily.
According to IGN, game director Sefton Hill mentions:
“From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind,” he told IGN. “We never did that in the previous two games… We just felt that this is the story that we really wanted to tell.”
While Hill acknowledges that a mature rating will exclude a wide amount of teens from playing this game, he says he wouldn’t want to water down the game simply to increase sales. This is makes me that much more anxious to get my hands on this game. Sefton says:
“I’m not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out,” he explained. “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 jepoardize that.”
So while the game is rated M, it wasn’t intentional. Sefton Hill continues:
“We’re not including gratuitous blood or swearing,” he added. “We want to deliver a true end with no compromises, and it takes us to some dark places.”
Hill went on to say that Arkham Knight’s story will be “more mature” than previous games. Enemies will “fight dirty and take [Batman] to dark places,” he said.
So while the game is not made intentionally to be rated ‘M’ the story itself, which the game director is not willing to sacrifice, merits the rating. One must wonder just how dark the story line will be. Hill mentions that there are certain cut scenes which DC comics raised concerns about causing “issues.” After some deliberation, Dc allowed the cut scenes to stay. These scenes may contribute to the ‘Mature’ rating.