ESO Gets It’s ESRB Age Rating Confirmed – Good or Bad?

Elder Scrolls Online ESRB Rating
The ESRB – Entertainment Software Rating Board has rated The Elder Scrolls Online an M for Mature which means “content generally suitable for ages 17 and up” much to the disappointment of the game developers Bethesda and ZeniMax.Elder Scrolls Online has confirmed this on their Facebook page saying they’re not going to challenge the decision, although they didn’t make any effort to hide their disapproval saying they “disagree with the determination”.
Being an M rated game means their potential audience may have shrunk.
They’ve also said they won’t be changing any of the content just to get a different rating.
In all fairness, M is quite a high rating for an MMO with World of Warcraft and Star Wars both loving their Ts which stand for Teen and is suitable for audiences as young as 13.The precise reason why it was given an M remains unclear as it doesn’t appear on The ESRBs website yet.In conclusion, hats off to Zenimax for sticking to the original plan. The last thing anyone of us wants is a censored game just for the sake of a lower rating.
Looking at it from a different angle, fans of the Elder Scrolls franchise (like me) will be delighted that ESO will have the same tone and ambience as Oblivion and Skyrim as both are rated M too.
And that my friends can only be a good thing.

2 Responses to ESO Gets It’s ESRB Age Rating Confirmed – Good or Bad?

  1. KnirpsLyn says:

    Personally, I am delighted at the M rating, as the author puts it. In a gameplay, lore, and community perspective, it makes me happy, it’s what I expected.

    I feel that Bethesda and ZeniMax are in a comfort zone in the M rating, and with their knowledge and such of TES world, they can and might make TESO a success even under what seems like a ‘condemning’ rating to some.

    On the other hand, as everyone knows with AoC, an M rating when the company is out to exploit a title for a quick buck and wants subsssubssubs will result in the caving-in to every idiot mother and women’s rights group across the world because they’re too sensitive about their tits, shop immaturely and irresponsibly for their young children, think bald women mean some sort of cancer joke, and think that instead of reading, uninstalling, or having the birds and the bees talk with their children, the game should change instead. However, it is also AoC’s fault for trying to cater to them for subs, ultimately destroying themselves and being left in obscurity.

    So really, what it all boils down to is…will Zeni/Bethesda stay true to The Elder Scrolls for the millions upon millions of people who will buy and subscribe for their love of the series/company and actually make the game a success, or will they get lost in ‘must beat wow’ mentality and an obsession for subs and lose it all…

    Also, this will be my only post/visit to this site, because in the process of creating this post I saw the articles to the right about ‘TESO vs. WoW’ and I just have to say…thanks, that’s the kind of crap that kills MMOs out the door. TESO doesn’t have anything to ‘live up to’ in regards to WoW, and in fact as previously stated, that mindset has killed every other MMO. It simply has to be true to TES name and be a good game to succeed, period. They aren’t even in the same ballpark to be compared with one another, yet you’ve found a way to try and shoot one in the foot over the other, fueling the 9 year and going strong crap-flinging contest that is the ‘vs. WoW’ argument.

  2. Harvey Wright says:

    An M rating that is unusual Conan franchise has that rating and the game is rather lame both of them.

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