In a surprising announcement last week, it was revealed that Batman: Arkham Knight would receive a “Mature” rating from the ESRB. A first for the Batman: Arkham franchise.
The ESRB has finally released a full summary for why the game received the rating that it did. I will warn you that there are very mild spoilers in the description for the game, so if you want to see everything for yourself when the game is released in June, you may want to skip reading the description.
You can find the full rating description for Batman: Arkham Knight just below:
Content Descriptors: Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
Rating Summary: This is an action-adventure game in which players primarily assume the role of Batman as he battles several villains spreading chaos across Gotham City. Players traverse a variety of locations around Gotham while battling thugs, examining crime scenes, and occasionally rescuing hostages. Players engage in melee-style combat using punches, kicks, and gadgets (e.g., batarangs, explosives). Enemies cry out in pain when struck, and some takedowns are highlighted by brief slow-motion effects and loud impact sounds. Some sequences allow players to use tank-like vehicles with machine gun turrets and rockets to shoot enemies; a vehicle’s wheels are also used to torture an enemy in one sequence. Cutscenes depict characters getting shot (on and off camera) while restrained or unarmed. Large bloodstains/pools of blood appear in crime scenes and in the aftermath of violent acts; one room depicts a person torturing a character on a bloody operating table. During the course of the game, players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage. Neon signs in a red-light district read “live nude girls” and “XXX.” The words “b*tch,” “gobsh*te,” and “a*s” appear in the dialogue.
It will be interesting to see if the rating affects the sales of the game for better or worse. It’s great to see Rocksteady’s commitment to telling the story they want to tell, however, rather than cutting content to make sure the game receives a certain rating from the ESRB to make sure the game is accessible to younger audiences.
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