Rocksteady Studios’ highly anticipated upcoming third installment for their Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight, has received an “M for Mature” rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
This is interesting because the developer’s previous Batman games, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, have both been rated “T for Teen.” Rocksteady founder Sefton Hill noted that Rocksteady was not trying to make Arkham Knight a mature game, and was surprised to learn that the game received the rating.
“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 told IGN.
Hill went on to say that it’s unfortunate that some younger Batman fans will miss out, but the Rocksteady team felt that if they were to give the game a more mass market appeal than it would have hindered the story that 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 jeopardize that.”
I’m not going to lie to you here, but for some reason a mature Batman game appeals more to me than a T for Teen one. That’s not to say that the previous Batman games weren’t great games — they were — but a darker, grittier more unforgiving Batman has always appealed more to me.
Batman: Arkham Knight is set to be released on June 2, 2015 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. For more on Arkham Knight and other upcoming games, stay tuned to Heavy’s Gaming section.