The ESRB have rated this year’s Batman: Arkham Knight as “M for Mature”. Previous entries in the series have been rated “T for Teen”.
IGN spoke with the director of Arkham Knight, Sefton Hill, and asked him why. You can find the whole piece over on their site.
“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. In terms of creating the story, with such strong characters, sometimes they lead you in interesting directions. They lead you because you know who they are and you build the world around that.”
“As the end of the trilogy, we have every villain in Gotham working together to destroy Batman,” Hill said. “It’s unavoidable that some bad stuff is going to happen. But that doesn’t mean we changed our approach. We’re not including gratuitous blood or swearing. We want to deliver a true end with no compromises, and it takes us to some dark places.”
This unwavering loyalty to the story could jeopardise sales, as nobody under 17 will be able to purchase the game on their own. But Hill is more than aware of that.
“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.”
Sounds as though they’ve got the right idea. With their work on ‘Asylum’ and ‘City’ Rocksteady have earned the right to finish their trilogy however they seem fit.
What do you think?
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on June 2nd, 2015.