It looks like the latest installment of the Arkham series is set to be a much darker affair from it’s predecessors with developer Rocksteady announcing that Arkham Knight has been given a ‘M for Mature’ rating by the US ratings board ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board).
The studio’s previous Batman releases, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, were both given ‘T for Teen’ ratings and the same was expected of this years game according to game director Sefton Hill. According to Hill, who is also the founder of Rocksteady, the higher rating came as something of a 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.”
What is promising is that even with the higher rating Rocksteady were more interested in telling a great story then making the game more “mass market” and that despite some younger players potentially missing out the developer was unwilling to compromise the story they wanted to tell.
“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.”
Batman: Arkham Knight is due for release on June 2, 2015.