It seems there will be some unusual language in the new Batman Arkham Knight title, at least according to the ESRB rating for the game, which was recently revealed.
We already knew that the title had earned itself a Mature rating - the first ever doled to a game in the Batman series. Partly that's because Bats himself is noted to not murder people whenever he can avoid it, so even these dense dark worlds full of various kinds of psychos managed to be deemed fit for teenage eyes and ears.
For the fourth in the 'Arkham' series of games, things have gotten more mature. And you can read how in the more detailed breakdown from the ESRB below. It's probably obvious that this kind of information could contain mild spoilers, though things are kept fairly vague. POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW... after this video which reminds you that Arkham Knight looks really cool.
"This is an action-adventure game in which players primarily assume the role of Batman as he battles several villains spreading chaos across Gotham City. Players traverse a variety of locations around Gotham while battling thugs, examining crime scenes, and occasionally rescuing hostages. Players engage in melee-style combat using punches, kicks, and gadgets (e.g., batarangs, explosives). Enemies cry out in pain when struck, and some takedowns are highlighted by brief slow-motion effects and loud impact sounds. Some sequences allow players to use tank-like vehicles with machine gun turrets and rockets to shoot enemies; a vehicle's wheels are also used to torture an enemy in one sequence. Cutscenes depict characters getting shot (on and off camera) while restrained or unarmed. Large bloodstains/pools of blood appear in crime scenes and in the aftermath of violent acts; one room depicts a person torturing a character on a bloody operating table. During the course of the game, players can shoot unarmed characters and a hostage. Neon signs in a red-light district read “live nude girls” and “XXX.” The words “b*tch,” “gobsh*te,” and “a*s” appear in the dialogue."
That all sounds pretty rough, except for when you realise that this is also a Batman game where someone says gobshite. We don't need no censorship here.
In terms of the other content, it seems Batman is getting a bit heavy in Arkham Knight - using his fancy batmobile as a torture device for one thing. Most of the harsher stuff sounds like it's done by other characters (giving you all the more reasons to pummel them) but one standout bit mentions that you can shoot at unarmed characters and a hostage. That's very likely where the M rating came from and totally out of character for Bats who doesn't use guns or, you know, kill people. So will you get to control a baddie at some point?
Time will tell. Either way it's looking great.
Batman Arkham Knight is on PS4, Xbox One and PC from the 2nd of June 2015.