Batman Arkham Knight Gets ‘M for Mature’ Rating by ESRB

For the first time in the entire series, a Batman Arkham game is getting an “M for Mature” rating by the ESRB, as announced by Rocksteady. All other games in the Batman Arkham series have been rated “T for Teen.”

Sefton Hill, founder of Rocksteady, expressed his surprise to the rating in an interview with 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 was also disappointed since younger players who may have been introduced to Batman through the Arkham games will have a steeper entry point with Arkham Knight, due to its ESRB rating.

“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.”

However, the ESRB has yet to publish its content description of Arkham Knight, so the reasoning behind the rating has yet to be revealed. From the rating itself, it sounds like Arkham Knight is going to be a much grittier, or at least much more realistic Batman game. Look for Batman Arkham Knight for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on June 2.