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Destiny Rated “Teen” by ESRB, Game Will “Never be Reprehensible” Claims Bungie

June 27, 2014 Written by Alex Co

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While most first-person shooters have swearing  and copious amounts of blood to go along with the on-screen violence, that won’t be the case for Bungie’s Destiny.

Polygon has confirmed that the sci-fi shooter will fall under the “T” (Teen) rating by the ESRB due to “animated blood” and “violence” and not much else. Yep, there’s no sex scenes, heads being lopped off or any of the sort that usually comes with FPS’ and an “M” (Mature” rating.

According to Bungie, the studio didn’t necessarily set out to make sure Destiny is rated T, but it wanted to create worlds that people felt good spending time in, a world “worthy of heroes.”

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.

After having played the alpha, I have to agree that not every shooter has to have blood, guts and swearing to make it fun, as long as the core gameplay is sound.  Also, you have to consider that Bungie is betting big on Destiny, and having as many people as it can to play it should be one of the studio’s top priorities.

In other Destiny news, if you’re planning on using a PlayStation Vita to play the game, you might want to check out how the DualShock 4 controls translate to the handheld. 

Are you fine with Destiny “only” having a teen rating? Or would you rather it be rated “mature” as most shooters out on the market?

[Source: Polygon via IGN]