A new interview confirms that Rocksteady’s upcoming Batman game will be rated “M-Mature” not for violence and language, but for its subject matter and much darker themes.
The Arkham saga paints a much darker origin story for DC’s caped-detective. Between Rocksteady and WB Games Montreal, this gritty series has taken fans from exploring Gotham on Christmas Eve, to chasing The Joker and the rogue’s gallery of villains through Arkham Asylum, into Hugo Strange’s Arkham City super-prison. With Rocksteady developing the final chapter of the Arkham series, the developer promises that Batman: Arkham Knight will be the darkest chapter of the saga yet.
Earlier today, an interview between IGN and Rocksteady Founder and Game Director Sefton Hill revealed that Batman: Arkham Knight will have an ESRB rating of “M-Mature”; the previous Arkham titles- regardless of developer- all have an ESRB rating of “T-Teen”. According to Hill, the rating isn’t due to violence and language; Rocksteady is “not including gratuitous blood or swearing”, but Arkham Knight will take Batman and the audience “some dark places”. The upcoming Batman game will have the entire catalog of included villains coming after the hero simultaneously, stopping at nothing to see him dead.
“…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…It’s unavoidable that some bad stuff is going to happen…We want to deliver a true end with no compromises, and it takes us to some dark places.”
Rocksteady is responsible for the main Arkham series, with Batman: Arkham Knight closing out the core trilogy, while WB Montreal created the prequel titles Batman: Arkham Origins and Arkham Origins – Blackgate.
Batman: Arkham Knight will release for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on 6/2.
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