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Dark Souls II Gets a Teen Rating
Citing “Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, and Violence” as its reasons, the ESRB has given the upcoming Dark Souls II a “T” rating, deeming it appropriate for audiences aged 13 and older.
The ratings summary is a bit spoiler-heavy and reveals the nature of many of the game’s bosses, so it’s not recommended that readers wanting to be surprised read up on the ESRB’s report. However, some mild particulars are stated in the summary, stating players will “traverse dungeon-like settings and battle a variety of fantastical enemies (e.g., ghouls, zombies, skeletons, giant rats) to gain souls,” and will “use knives, swords, and arrows to defeat enemies”.
Dark Souls II is the sequel to the tough-as-nails 2011 hit Dark Souls, in which players take on the role of an undead fighter seeking to collect souls by defeating many of the varied and difficult enemies contained within the world of Drangleic.
This “T” rating comes on the heels of the previous Dark Souls receiving an “M” rating for practically the same reasons of gore, nudity, and violence. Whether or not the change in rating serves as any indicator to the nature of the game itself isn’t known, and won’t be until the game releases on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on March 11.