BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT
The Entertainment Software Rating Board has slapped an "M for Mature" sticker on Batman: Arkham Knight, making it the first title in Rocksteady Studios' acclaimed series to be deemed inappropriate for younger players.
"I'm not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out," director Sefton Hill said in an IGN interview. "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 love the story and we don't want to jeopardize that."
Before you get the wrong idea, Hill insisted there won't be any "gratuitous blood or swearing" in the game, just "a true end with no compromises" that "takes us to some dark places." Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler, and Harley Quinn are all set to make appearances as the story unfolds, as will the Arkham Knight himself: a new, evil version of Batman that looks a lot like a souped-up soldier from a fearless sci-fi film.
Batman: Arkham Knight is due out June 2nd for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, about a year after Rocksteady delayed its original 2014 release. "We feel that we have an absolutely awesome game in the works," marketing manager Guy Perkins told Gamespot at the time, "and we want to make it as great as it possibly can be. We just need more time to do that. If we didn't give the team more time to do it, then we would be releasing something that we weren't happy with. We want to make sure we're absolutely nailing it 100 percent."