Today the ESRB released the rating information for Bungie’s upcoming shooter Destiny, which got a rather predictable T for Teen, with a rather simple and mild blurb.
This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a warrior tasked with defending a city from hostile alien forces. Players explore ruins across the solar system, acquire various relics, and battle insect- and robot-like aliens. Characters use pistols, shotguns, rocket launchers, and special powers (e.g., telekinesis, blasts of energy) to kill enemies. Enemies can also be dispatched up close via hand-to-hand combat and knife stabs. Combat is highlighted by cries of pain and realistic gunfire. Some aliens emit splashes of white or black liquid when shot.
The descriptors are equally simple, including only “Animated Blood” and “Violence.”
Looks like the game includes no profanity or any kind of strong violence. This must be the shooter with the mildest ESRB rating I’ve seen in a long time, showing that Bungie is definitely aiming for a broad audience with its new IP, which is quite understandable.
The developers themselves mentioned that in the latest blog post:
We’ve always set out to make games that lots of players can enjoy, and to build experiences that matter to people. For Destiny, we didn’t aggressively pursue one rating over another, though. We constructed foundational pillars that have guided development from start to finish. We wanted our worlds to be a place people felt good about spending time in. We wanted our worlds to be worthy of heroes. For us that meant Destiny would never be reprehensible, but rather bright, hopeful, and adventurous. That’s a world that resonates with us, and we hope it resonates with gamers, too.
Looks like overly-anxious parents will be able to purchase Destiny for their young sons and daughters without many worries about what they’ll be exposed to, because despite the post-apocalyptic setting, the game seems squeaky-clean under most points of view.