In a surprising reveal this morning, IGN has reported that Batman: Arkham Knight has received an “M” rating from the ESRB, a first for the franchise.

Apparently the rating surprised Rocksteady as well. Sefton Hill, the founder of Rocksteady told IGN, “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.”

Hill acknowledged the fact that some younger fans may miss out on the game, but Rocksteady didn’t want to cut any corners when it came to telling the story they wanted to tell. Hill explains, “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 jepoardize that.”

It would have been wrong to water down the game and deliver a story we didn’t believe in…

We will just have to wait and see what exactly provided Batman: Arkham Knight an “M” rating, but the story has been pretty dark throughout the franchise so it’s not completely unexpected. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all the latest regarding Arkham Knight, so don’t forget to follow OnlySP on  Facebook and Twitter.

Nick Calandra
OnlySP founder and former site owner.

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