Normally, MMOs are rated T for Teen. This is so that a wide audience can play the game. However, The Elder Scrolls Online has received an M for Mature rating from the ESRB. I actually think this is a good thing.
In a post on the game’s Facebook page, they made the following statement:
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.
This could be really good for the game experience. Sure, it will be restricting for those underage fans who want to get in on the action. However, it should help to ensure that the gamers are actually “mature” and behave like adults in the online environment. That’s often the gripe about MMOs, right? They’re filled with kids who troll and behave like idiots – so can we expect a better community if the game is rated M? Maybe.
At least it also means that the content of the game can be more adult themed – perhaps it can take more of a turn towards being like The Witcher. I’m getting excited for this game, and to be honest, the mature rating actually makes me more excited.
Last Updated: January 23, 2014