The forthcoming entry from the most popular game in Korea has received an adults-only rating from that country’s Games Rating Board (GRB).
Blizzard’s StarCraft II was designated for gamers 18 and over, and follows test, or release candidates, for the game previously earning ratings for the over 15 year old gaming crowd. The Korea Times speculated that the decision might have something to do with a push by the government to “improve gaming behavior and curb compulsive gaming and addictions,” versus the game’s actual content contributing to the rating.
In a statement, the GRB said, “Considering that the RC (release candidate) version of the game is closer to what will be sold on the shelves compared to the beta versions, we looked more carefully at the content.”
Blizzard can file an objection within 30 days of the ruling. A Korean spokesperson for the company stated that it had not yet decided whether to challenge the ruling or not. Any decision to re-review the game, or to adjust content in order to appease the rating board, could result in a delay of the game’s release.
The game, due out this year, earned a “T” (Teen) rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) stateside.