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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Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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