This is why Batman: Arkham Knight is Rated “M” for Mature
Every time sequels are introduced, the anticipation is high because many people are following up on what happens next. And that anticipation doubles when its a finale for obvious reasons. Hence, the anticipation for Batman: Arkham Knight is justified to say the least. The anticipation is high primarily because of the death of joker and the twist that the story is about to take. And in that anticipation, we heard that the game has been assigned an "M" rating by the ESRB. This being the first time in any Batman game resulted in many sighs by gamers below the specific game age. Until now, we've had no explanation on why the game was rated as one only for "Mature" teens and gamers above 18 years of age, but now we have an ESRB summary to quell our thirst.
Disclaimer: The following paragraph contains spoilers so do not read on if you're into that sort of thing.
The Games "M' Rating is Due to Blood/Gore, Violence and Mature Language
The main description for the rating of Batman: Arkham Knight provided by the ESRB was due to the "Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes and the Violence" that was present in the game. You can read the summary rating, as provided on the ESRB official website below:
This is an action-adventure game in which players primarily assume the role of Batman as he battles several villains spreading chaos across Gotham City. Players traverse a variety of locations around Gotham while battling thugs, examining crime scenes, and occasionally rescuing hostages. Players engage in melee-style combat using punches, kicks, and gadgets (e.g., batarangs, explosives). Enemies cry out in pain when struck, and some takedowns are highlighted by brief slow-motion effects and loud impact sounds. Some sequences allow players to use tank-like vehicles with machine gun turrets and rockets to shoot enemies; a vehicle's wheels are also used to torture an enemy in one sequence. Cutscenes depict characters getting shot (on and off camera) while restrained or unarmed. Large bloodstains/pools of blood appear in crime scenes and in the aftermath of violent acts; one room depicts a person torturing a character on a bloody operating table. During the course of the game, players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage. Neon signs in a red-light district read “live nude girls” and “XXX.” The words “b*tch,” “gobsh*te,” and “a*s” appear in the dialogue.
The game's rating was basically set as Mature because of the violence and the strong language used in the game. Although the game does not have any explicit content, as it says in the description, it does have suggestive themes which are the basis for its rating. The game will release in June, 2015 for Xbox One, PS4 and the Windows PC.