Rocksteady founder Sefton Hill has confirmed to IGN that Batman: Arkham Knight will be the studios first entry in the Batman Arkham series to receive an “M for Mature” rating.
The ESRB has yet to publish a description for the game explaining why the game received the rating.
“From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind,” he told IGN, in part. “We never did that in the previous two games… We just felt that this is the story that we really wanted to tell.”
Hill acknowledged that while the M rating may mean some fans will miss out, the studio wasn’t willing to change the story for it to appeal to the “mass market.”
“I’m not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out,” he explained. “I don’t want to be oblivious to that fact. 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.”
“We’re not including gratuitous blood or swearing,” Hill continued. “We want to deliver a true end with no compromises, and it takes us to some dark places.”