It's official: Dark Souls 2 rated 'T'
The Entertainment Software Rating Board has officially labeled Dark Souls 2 a "T" for "Teen." Although we reported on this back in January, there was some skepticism among readers as to whether the rating applied to the trailer only or the game. Now that the ESRB has updated its Dark Souls 2 listing, we can confirm it to be true.
The ESRB makes note of "Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, and Violence," all signature elements in the previous two games which were rated "M." So what gives?
In its summary, the ESRB writes:
Players traverse dungeon-like settings and battle a variety of fantastical enemies (e.g., ghouls, zombies, skeletons, giant rats) to gain souls. Players use knives, swords, and arrows to defeat enemies. Combat is highlighted by cries of pain and small splashes of blood. Some locations depict instances of blood and gore: a giant snake boss holding its severed head; a giant boss creature composed of hundreds of corpses; dead ogres near a pool of blood; a torture device with streaks of blood. During the course of the game, a boss creature appears partially topless (e.g. hair barely covering breasts). The words 'bastard' and “pr*ck” can be heard in the dialogue.
And once again, we ask if the "T" rating is cause for concern for fans?