Bethesda received some harsh and disappointing news from the ESRB yesterday, as North America’s official video game ratings board stamped The Elder Scrolls Online with a Mature rating.
But why is this news considered disappointing? After all, most of Bethesda’s popular games proudly brandish the 17+ age restriction, including the main Elder Scrolls games. Well, given this particular game is an online MMO, which happen to be very popular with the younger demographic, the studio was hoping to get a Teen rating (13+) in order to gain a larger audience.
Regardless of this disappointing outcome, Bethesda has no intention of altering the game’s content, as outlined in this official statement from the studio:
“The ESRB advised us that it has given The Elder Scrolls Online a Mature rating. While we may disagree with the ESRB’s determination, we do not plan to challenge the rating, and we are unwilling to change the game’s content to achieve a different rating. The game we have created is the one we want our fans to be able to play.
“As a result of the ESRB rating, we are in the process of promptly updating everything with the required rating and age gates, including game trailers, web sites, and ads. Thanks for your understanding. We can’t wait to welcome players into The Elder Scrolls Online soon.”
In other Elder Scrolls Online news, Bethesda has released a brand-new mini-documentary to reveal the key players of the game’s voice cast, which is filled with some top-tier talent.
The 17-minute video give’s fans a fly-on-the-wall’s eye view of John Cleese, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Gambon, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, and Malcom McDowell as they read their lines in the recording studio and provide some personal insight into their respective characters.
Lynda Carter has also been confirmed as part of the cast, although she does not appear in the video.
The Elder Scrolls Online will launch for PC on April 4, while the Xbox One and PS4 releases will have to wait until June.