Rocksteady confirmed today (via IGN) that the upcoming finale to their Batman trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight, will be rated M for “Mature”.
In the interview with IGN, Sefton Hill (founder of Rocksteady) said that his team was surprised when it received the writing, as they didn’t try to write the game with any specific rating in mind. He understands that this might mean less people will buy the game, but losing the M rating meant cutting “key scenes” from the game, and he wasn’t willing to do that:
“I was really freaked out because the solution was to lose the scenes,” Hill said. “But they were key scenes! We couldn’t lose them! I got the email. I’m freaked out. I thought this was going to destroy the game, everything I’m passionate about… I was building myself up for this big argument. I didn’t get much sleep…”
Hill went on to state that the themes in this game are much darker, which would prove to be true given the rating. I, for one, think this can only make the game better; Batman is normally a very dark character, and the universe he lives in is one filled with fear and violence. I cannot wait to see what Rocksteady has cooked up here.