Well, Elder Scrolls Online was expected to get a strong rating alright, but it is still interesting to see that Bethesda will not challenge ESRB when they warn that the game is rated mature.
The reason being, that the game developer doesn’t want to change a thing in the game.
Bethesda believes that the shape that the game is in now is how they want their fans to play it therefore they are unwilling to change the game’s content to achieve a different rating.
Here’s what they had to say about it through their official twitter:
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 that 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.
Just so that you don’t get confused, an M Rated game doesn’t mean it will face the same dubious obstacles in sales that M Rated movies do.
I know it is pointless to ask, but would you have preferred the game to hit a lower rating? Maybe so that it didn’t even have to face the marginal difference in sales figures that it might?