The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has given its views on the upcoming third installment of the popular Diablo series. The Diablo 3 ESRB rating for Windows PC and Mac platform lands in “Mature” category due to the extensive blood, gore and violence content. Also, it may contain user generated content such as mods and other features which will not be rated.
Here’s the full ESRB rating for Diablo III:
Platform: Macintosh, Windows PC
Content descriptors: Blood and Gore, Violence
Rating summary: This is an action role-playing game in which players assume control of a mortal hero (e.g., witch doctor, barbarian, wizard) who must defend humanity from a demonic invasion. From a 3/4–overhead perspective, players traverse dungeons and use swords, axes, and magic attacks to kill a variety of human-like enemies (e.g., zombies, demons, succubi). Battles are accompanied by slashing and flesh-impact sounds, screams of pain, and frequent blood-splatter effects; creatures often explode into bloody fragments as multiple enemies are dispatched at once. Some levels depict burning corpses and dead villagers amid large pools of blood.
Online Notice: Includes online features that may expose players to unrated user-generated content (Macintosh, Windows PC)
Diablo III, currently on closed beta testing phase had recently pushed its release to a later date. Primarily, it was projected to be released late in 2011, but a few days ago, publishers Blizzard Entertainment announced that it could not get the job done on time and will settle for a 2012 first quarter release. Beta testing will be extended and publishers have promised additional testing phases for its beta testers.