Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham game franchise has been applauded for being dark, but the next game in the series will be even darker.
IGN is reporting that the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight will be rated "M for Mature" as per the ESRB. The previous games, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, were both rated "T for Teen", making this new game noted break in terms of content -- but not something Rocksteady itself planned or expected according to its founder and game director, Sefton Hill.
"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," Hill tells IGN. "We just felt that this is the story that we really wanted to tell."
Hill states that while the harsher rating for Batman: Arkham Knight means that some players might avoid the game, but said that adjusting the game for a lower rating would "water down" the game.
"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," says Hill. "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."Ba
Battman: Arhkham Knight is scheduled for release June 2, 2015 on the PlayStation4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows platforms.