‘Halo 5: Guardians’ Rated T for Teen By ESRB

By August 7, 2015

In an about-face when compared to every other release in the main Halo game series, the new offering on Xbox One arriving in October is going to have a rating allowing more players to pick up and buy it.

According to Games Radar, Halo 5: Guardians, releasing on October 27th, has been rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) for, “blood, mild language, and violence.” The specific description of the rating from the board’s summary reads,

This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a super soldier (Locke) searching for a missing character. Players use pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, and futuristic weapons to kill alien and human enemies in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, explosions, and occasional blood-splatter effects. Characters can also use “assassinations” to kill characters by snapping their necks, or by stabbing them with bladed weapons. The word “a*s” appears in the dialogue, as well as occasional taunts/insults (e.g., “I have copulated…with your genetic progenitors!”; ‘Your father was a filthy colo and your mother was a hole in the wall!’).

This is very unusual, considering that Halo: Combat EvolvedHalo 2Halo 3Halo 3: ODSTHalo: Reach, and Halo 4 have all been rated M for Mature by the ESRB. The compilation release Halo: The Master Chief Collection which compiled all of those games (except for Reach) was also, expectantly, rated M. It seems, though, that shifting stances at the ESRB may be more responsible for the new rating of Halo 5, especially considering the fact that 343 Industries would likely not go out of its way to change the overall level of violence and demeanor in the series.

This is the second major game release of 2015 to go against the norm of previous entries in the series, as June’s Batman: Arkham Knight received an M for Mature rating, when all of its previous installments were rated T for Teen. We’ll have to see when it’s released if there are any significant differences, but if the rating description is any indication, it doesn’t sound like it will be outside the norm for the Halo series. For more on the game as we get closer to its October 27th release date, keep it locked on GeekNation!

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