Batman is maturing in his next adventure, but don’t necessarily expect him to break his one rule.
EW can confirm that Batman: Arkham Knight has received an “M for Mature” rating by the ESRB. IGN first reported the news in an interview with developer Rocksteady’s Sefton Hill.
The game has received this rating for its use of “Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, and Violence,” and is thus only intended to be purchased by players 17 years or older. Both previous games in the series, Arkham City and Arkham Asylum, were rated T for Teen, which is for players 13 or older to purchase.
This rating would make Arkham Knight one of the highest rated Bat-products, as The Dark Knight trilogy only received PG-13 ratings, putting them in line with the Arkham games. While the rating is not likely a result of Batman suddenly deciding to curse up a storm and kill every villain in sight, it’s certainly an indication that the conclusion to Rocksteady’s Batman games is taking a darker turn.
“It’s unavoidable that some bad stuff is going to happen. But that doesn’t mean we changed our approach. We’re not including gratuitous blood or swearing. We want to deliver a true end with no compromises, and it takes us to some dark places,” Hill told IGN of what may have caused this change in rating.
Players can find out just how dark the dark knight becomes when Arkham Knight releases on June 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.