Zenimax has been hard at work on their MMORPG: Elder Scrolls Online and the hope was to achieve a Teen rating to open the game up to more players. Unfortunately, the ESRB saddled them with a Mature Rating.
On their official ESO Facebook page, the disagreed with the rating, but said they were not backing down from their plans for the game.
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.
As a result of the ESRB rating, we are in the process of promptly updating everything with the required rating and age gates, including game trailers, web sites, and ads. Thanks for your understanding. We can’t wait to welcome players into The Elder Scrolls Online soon.
Although mature ratings don't seem to stop some of the biggest games like Call of Duty from building a fanbase of pre-teens, it will mean that Zenimax will have to start putting all their game info behind age gates. We all know how hard those are to work around.
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