The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight have both received ‘M for Mature’ ratings from the ESRB.
The Witcher 3’s rating should come as little surprise to fans of the CD Projekt Red-developed series, due to its heavily advertised sexual and gory content. According to the ESRB: “Some cutscenes depict slow-motion decapitations and other gore: an autopsy of a torture victim, rooms with several corpses (e.g., hanging from the ceiling, covered in blood on a bed, naked in a tub).
“During the course of the game, the central character can engage in sexual activity with prostitutes and female companions. These brief sequences depict females’ breasts and buttocks – sexual moaning sounds can be heard, though the camera cuts away from explicit sexual acts.
“The game includes a side quest in which Geralt engages in a drinking game; characters are depicted drunk and/or passed out. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*nt” can be heard in the dialogue.”
Meanwhile, Arkham Knight’s rating is a bit more unexpected, due to previous titles in the franchise receiving ‘T for Teen’ ratings. Via IGN, Sefton Hill, founder of developer Rocksteady and game director on Arkham Knight, said: “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.”
Hill went on to concede that the rating will mean that some fans will inevitably miss out on the title, but said that “water[ing] down the game” would be the “wrong way to go about it”.