The ESRB has revealed their rating description of the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. The sequel ended up with a Teen rating, the first for a mainline installment of the series. All of the previous main games got hit with a Mature rating while two spin-offs (Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo Wars) ended with a Teen rating.
According to the ESRB, Halo 5: Guardians contain content relating to blood, mild language and violence. The first-person shooting battles are highlighted by blood-splatter effects in addition to realistic gunfire and explosions. You can check out the description below:
This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a super soldier (Locke) searching for a missing character. Players use pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, and futuristic weapons to kill alien and human enemies in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, explosions, and occasional blood-splatter effects. Characters can also use “assassinations” to kill characters by snapping their necks, or by stabbing them with bladed weapons. The word “a*s” appears in the dialogue, as well as occasional taunts/insults (e.g., “I have copulated…with your genetic progenitors!”; ‘Your father was a filthy colo and your mother was a hole in the wall!’).
Although the mainline Halo games were rated Mature, a lot of fans thought the titles were a little too tame, especially when compared to other Teen-rated games such as the Uncharted series, to get that rating. Thus, you shouldn’t expect any major changes, in terms of egregious content found by the ESRB, for the upcoming game.
Halo 5: Guardians will be coming out on the 27th of October in North America. It will be the big holiday exclusive for the Xbox One as Microsoft will also be releasing a Halo-themed console, headset in addition to two controllers. If you are interested, you can preorder the latest Halo game with this link from Amazon.