Touted as the ‘last’ game in the Arkham series, (though I’m sure that Warner Bros. Montreal will be continuing with prequels) will be the release of Batman: Arkham Knight this June. When the newest trailer dropped, us fans were met with a Mature Rating on the game. Given that Batman has a pretty strict ‘no killing policy’, unlike Superman, we wanted to know just what the rating was all about.
Rocksteady founder Sefton Hall said two weeks ago that no changes will be made in an effort to secure the “T” rating, explaining it would be “wrong to water down the game” to appeal to the mass market.
Below, you can see a description of the game and just why we’ll be getting a Mature Rated Batman game:
Content Descriptors: Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
Rating Summary: This is an action-adventure game in which players primarily assume the role of Batman as he battles several villains spreading chaos across Gotham City. Players traverse a variety of locations around Gotham while battling thugs, examining crime scenes, and occasionally rescuing hostages. Players engage in melee-style combat using punches, kicks, and gadgets (e.g., batarangs, explosives). Enemies cry out in pain when struck, and some takedowns are highlighted by brief slow-motion effects and loud impact sounds. Some sequences allow players to use tank-like vehicles with machine gun turrets and rockets to shoot enemies; a vehicle’s wheels are also used to torture an enemy in one sequence. Cutscenes depict characters getting shot (on and off camera) while restrained or unarmed. Large bloodstains/pools of blood appear in crime scenes and in the aftermath of violent acts; one room depicts a person torturing a character on a bloody operating table. During the course of the game, players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage. Neon signs in a red-light district read “live nude girls” and “XXX.” The words “b*tch,” “gobsh*te,” and “a*s” appear in the dialogue.
Scheduled for release June 2 from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Batman: Arkham Knight follows the Caped Crusader at the peak of his abilities, as Scarecrow returns to Gotham City to unite his foes to finally kill the Dark Knight.