Yeah let's talk about that shall we.
So earlier this week, I mean really early, it was announced that ESRB gave Batman: Arkham Knight, the next and final game in the Arkham trilogy an M-Rating. This equally surprised the creative team behind the title as that was not their intent, however despite the rating they felt that they do not want to water down the story since they worked hard on it and really liked the story they're working on, I mean they REALLY liked their own story, I mean I can understand people taking their projects to heart, so they're going to go ahead with it.
Which is noble, rather admirable if I do say so myself... however this still brings up ALOT of controversy and even some negative praise and plausible (Or even likely) outcomes that could hurt the game itself, like fewer sales be they in the country, the store it's in or even to the intended customer.
But with that said, let me share my input on this.
The game being rated M is not my issue, quite the contrary there are M-Rated games that have proven to be quite unanimous in sales and praise (ex: Last of Us), but what is the issue is the framing, the context of the game which features a prominent comic book character who's been so familiar and idolized for 75 years now. (One that is of many other superheroes to also be renown and beloved by children what with the toys and cartoons but I digress)
Batman is a dark character, but he's not up there with the characters in Vertigo Comics, At most the Batman mythos is PG-13 ... Although given the current comic book line up the new Batman stories most certainly seem like R-rated material but again I digress. Then again that does not mean I'm against the idea of a darker (If any darker) take on the Batman mythos, just so long as it's not too shocking and offensive and as long as it still has a good story to tell.
Also, there may be a chance that the ESRB might change their minds and re-rate to the T-rating it deserves. (If it truly deserves it.)
Do I approve of the M-Rating, No not really (Again it's to do with the context) but I humbly praise Rocksteady's and WB's decision to move on with the final conclusion in this Dynamic series.