The Call of Duty series has never shied away from violence, but the recently revealed ESRB rating for Call of Duty: WWII suggests this year’s shooter may be kicking it up a notch.
To no one’s surprise, the ESRB gave Call of Duty: WWII a “M for Mature” rating, which it may deserve more even more than previous games in the series. The description behind the rating reveals that WWII will feature decapitation and dismemberment, with some characters killing themselves just to avoid capture. Yikes.
The full ESRB description can be read below. The blurb appears to mainly focus on the game’s single-player campaign, but WWII‘s cooperative Zombies mode will likely be even more gruesome:
This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of an American soldier through the Allied campaign in Europe during WWII. Players use machine guns, shotguns, rocket launchers, and explosives to kill enemy soldiers; some weapon attacks result in decapitation and/or dismemberment, leaving bloodstains and body parts on the ground. Battles are frenetic and accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and large explosions. Cutscenes also depict instances of violence: a prisoner shot in the head at close-range; enemy soldiers shooting themselves to avoid capture. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.
This rating does not apply to any interactions made in the game’s online experience, which is often where the worst offenses are found. The PC version of the game will include at least one way of mitigating player toxicity through its support of anti-cheating technology.
Call of Duty: WWII launches November 3rd on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Game Rant