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"Genocide Simulator" Hatred Will Not Be Coming To Consoles After Being Rated Adults-Only By The ESRB

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Hatred, the controversial third-person game where the character enacts a "genocide crusade," has been rated "Adults Only" by the ESRB, the video game ratings board of the United States and Canada.

"Well, I'm not quite convinced why Hatred got AO rating while it lacks any sexual content, but it's still some kind of achievement to have the second game in history getting AO rating for violence and harsh language only. Even if this violence isn't really that bad and this harsh language isn't overused," one of the game's developers wrote on the official forum.

The ESRB confirmed the rating with Polygon, but we're waiting on a comment on the content that lead to the harsh designation. It's indeed rare for a game to receive an AO rating for violence and language and not sexual content, and the rating means that the game would not be able to be published on home consoles, and to date Steam has no AO-rated games for sale on its service.

"I would prefer to get a standard M+ rating, because with AO we will have problems to to get to consoles in the future, but on the other hand I think you guys (our fans) would be disappointed with it," the forum post continues.

ESRB rates games by viewing video content of the worst of the violence, language and sexual content of each game, and tone and context matter. It would be possible for the developers to edit the game for a lower rating, but based on the post above that seems unlikely.

Comments

  • Karl.Karl. Members Posts: 8,015 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What was the first game to get the AO rating?

    This game was never coming to consoles and they'd be stupid to think otherwise. Nobody is going to cosign that 🤬 .
  • themadlionsfanthemadlionsfan Members Posts: 9,134 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Karl. wrote: »
    What was the first game to get the AO rating?

    This game was never coming to consoles and they'd be stupid to think otherwise. Nobody is going to cosign that 🤬 .

    Manhunt 2
  • jvlioojvlioo Detroit.Members Posts: 570 ✭✭✭✭
    I mean outside of the controversy, this game is a plain other than the execution animations. But all in all its just really a mobile game you play when you at work/school bullshxtting.
  • grumpy_new_yorkergrumpy_new_yorker Use your head for more than a hat rack Members Posts: 5,962 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Karl. wrote: »
    What was the first game to get the AO rating?

    This game was never coming to consoles and they'd be stupid to think otherwise. Nobody is going to cosign that 🤬 .

    Actually it was GTA San Andreas when they found out about Hot Coffee. They had to re-release the game to get rid of the AO rating.
  • I_fap_twohandedI_fap_twohanded East Coast Members Posts: 382 ✭✭✭
    sucks, game looked awesome. with digital games being a thing dunno why the AO thing even matters anymore its not like they need retailers to sell it
  • I_fap_twohandedI_fap_twohanded East Coast Members Posts: 382 ✭✭✭
    Karl. wrote: »
    What was the first game to get the AO rating?

    This game was never coming to consoles and they'd be stupid to think otherwise. Nobody is going to cosign that 🤬 .

    Thrill 🤬
  • funkdocdamcfunkdocdamc Members Posts: 3,786 ✭✭✭✭✭
    You could tell that it wasn't gonna come to consoles by the original trailer so no shock there.
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