ZeniMax Online Studios provided a response in regards to the “mature” rating that was given by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for the upcoming multiplatform video game, “The Elder Scrolls Online.” According to a report from VG247 on Jan. 23, a representative from the company disclosed that they did not agree with the assessment from the ESRB.
However, ZeniMax Online Studios won’t be challenging the “mature” rating. Furthermore, they don’t plan on censoring the massively multiplayer online role-playing game in order to get a softer mark from the ESRB as they want the fans to experience the original vision. You can find some screens from “The Elder Scrolls Online” in the slideshow to the left of this article and the comments below (courtesy of Game Informer and VG247):
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 the 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.
The “mature” rating hurts “The Elder Scrolls Online” in that the video game has been deemed not suitable for players under the age of 17. As a result, the potential audience for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game could have shrunk.
“The Elder Scrolls Online” will be released for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One platforms. In addition to purchasing the video game, players must also pay a monthly subscription fee of $14.99. Bethesda Softworks, the same company that published “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” will be distributing the upcoming MMO title.