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The Elder Scrolls Online’s M rating not ideal, but won’t be challenged – Zenimax

Wednesday, 22nd January 2014 21:44 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Elder Scrolls Online has been awarded an M or Mature rating by the ESRB – unusually high for an MMORPG, but Zenimax Online won’t compromise on content.

The rating has not yet appeared on the ESRB’s website, so we don’t know what content pushed the MMORPG out of the T or Teen rating enjoyed by rivals like World of Warcraft and StarWars: The Old Republic.

Instead, the rating was revealed on The Elder Scrolls Online Facebook page.

“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,” Zenimax Online said.

The rating may please series fans, as single-player entries Oblivion and Skyrim each earned an M rating, suggesting the MMO shares a similar tone.

The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Mac and PC in April, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox one launches to follow.

Thanks, GameInformer.

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  1. Darkfield

    For the better probably, if it’s gonna be a decent MMO. I’d much rather play it with mature folks than impudent cry babies.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. dontbescaredhomie92

    @1 When has an age rating ever stopped whiny 10 to 12 year old kids purchasing a game? haha

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Darkfield

    @2 true, but It probably reduce their population, say, compared to WoW.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Takeshi

    @1 Except age and maturity doesn’t always go hand in hand.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Francis O

    Associating a Mature rating with the ‘actually maturity’ of gamers is stupid…..Halo is rated M and has just as much “impudent cry babies” as COD, WOW, or any other online game.

    A mature rating doesn’t minimize the chances of running into “impudent cry babies”

    #5 6 months ago
  6. thegrimmling

    Fallout 4 please.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. The_Red

    So more children and low age players for the game (I swear, the M rating is like a magnet for pre-15 crowd).

    #7 6 months ago
  8. Maria R. Lane

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    #8 6 months ago
  9. revolting

    @everyone. Age has absolutely nothing to do with maturity. Every single day I encounter adults behaving and bickering like children. In games, at work, out in the wider world, all over the internet. While age does generally help, antagonistic idiots will always be antagonistic idiots. If there was a census of VG247 commenters, I suspect most if not all ages would be fairly surprising to most people. The chances are the person you find to be the most grating, trolliest, infuriating, uncompromisingly childish shit-stirrer is probably a lot older than you think they are.

    Idiots are idiots. I welcome the age gate (unenforced though it will be) on TESO, but even if it were strictly implemented, it will have very little impact on the nature of the people you meet. You will either luck out and find a good crowd, or you’ll meet the typical melting-pot of internet tropes that populate every mmo at launch. The M will make no difference to that.

    #9 6 months ago