Batman: Arkham Knight, the final installment to Rocksteady’s blockbuster Arkham franchise, has received an “M for Mature” rating from the ESRB, according Rocksteady and IGN. This is the first in the series to receive “M” rating and the studio has no intentions to alter it.
“From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind,” said Sefton Hill, founder of Rocksteady and game director. “We never did that in the previous two games… We just felt that this is the story that we really wanted to tell.
“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 jeopardize that.”
The previous Arkham games: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, and the prequel to the franchise Arkham Origins which was made by Warner Bros. Games Montreal (not by Rocksteady), were all rated “T for Teen”. Based on the previews and demo footage Batman: Arkham Knight is set up to be an epic finale. In order to top the previous games developing Batman: Arkham Knight as whole, from plot development to game mechanics, Rocksteady wants to make the best video game possible that is worthy of being the last installment to what fans consider to be the best superhero video game franchise.
What attributes to the Arkham franchise’s success is Rocksteady set out to make a great game from the very beginning with Arkham Asylum. The studio took the time and effort to make a good video game without having to worry about Batman in other media. Rocksteady never released an Arkham game in conjunction with the Dark Knight movies’ release, nor were the games design to sell other merchandise. Whereas most video games based on movies that were released around the same time as the movie release ended up being a poorly conceived game. Or developers had to meet deadlines requested by another studio or distribution partner.
The Arkham franchise stands above any other superhero related video game franchise because no one told the developers what to do. Warner Bros and DC Comics could have asked Rocksteady to release Batman: Arkham Knight last year to celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary, but they chose not to. Yes, Warner Bros. had creative input to the character and story, but no one really bothered Rocksteady to do certain things which allowed them to…spoiler alert, have the Joker die in Arkham City.
A day after the announcement of the “M” rating, another trailer for the video game was released. This trailer features more gameplay footage which can be seen here.
In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever.
Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the “Batman Arkham” series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on June 2, 2015.