God of War Ragnarok has unsurprisingly received an M for Mature rating from the ESRB. A rating summary was also included that offers more insight into what we can expect from the M-rating, including some profanity and the usual bouts of violence we’ve come to expect from the series. This rating comes ahead of the game’s official launch in November.
God of War Ragnarok will be a follow-up to 2018’s God of War and concludes the Norse saga in a two-part epic. Naturally, Kratos and Atreus’ journey through Midgard will be met with plenty of hostility from its inhabitants and the corrupted gods that rule the realms, as well as a clash with the mighty Thor himself. The ESRB has deemed the game a fittingly violent and bloody affair with its M-rating.
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The ESRB provided a description for God of War Ragnarok‘s Mature rating, stating:
“This is an action-adventure game in which players help Kratos and his son on a dangerous quest. Players explore various realms and engage in frenetic hand-to-hand combat against human-like raiders and fantastical creatures (e.g., centaurs, trolls, dragons). Players use axes and chained blades to battle enemies, often resulting in large blood-splatter effects and dismemberment. Players can perform finishing attacks that depict close-up impalement via bladed and hand-held weapons; repeated axe strikes to a creature’s neck results in decapitation. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the game.”
The use of profanity is interesting since the series has rarely dipped to using those words, though it will certainly make more sense in the context of the experience. The rating description also confirms that we’ll be seeing plenty of combat against “fantastical creatures” which is to be expected, though it interestingly mentions that we might be getting more battles with dragons too.
God of War Ragnarok launches on 9 November 2022 for PS4 and PS5.