For the first time in Rocksteady Studios’ Batmangame franchise, Batman: Arkham Knight received an “M for Mature” rating. That’s right! No more “T for Teen” ratings like the two previous entries. Although the rating sounds great for adult players, Batman: Arkham Knight is now going to take a dip in the “mass market” since younger players won’t get to play it.
Rocksteady founder and Arkham Knight game, Sefton Hill, revealed that the rating wasn’t intentional. In fact, he was surprised by game’s new rating:
From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind, we never did that in the previous two games… We just felt that this is the story that we really wanted to tell.
After receiving an M rating, Hill also explained that Rocksteady had no plans to tone down the story to make it more “mass market” appealing:
I’m not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out, 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.
Batman: Arkham Knight was originally scheduled to launch in 2014, but will now hit store shelves on June 2, 2015, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.