ESRB published its rating for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Apparently, the game isn’t for younger audiences.
According to the rating authority, the game contains blood and gore, drug references, intense violence, strong language, and suggestive themes. Moreover, the game will host microtransactions. Therefore, ESRB has decided to rate the game M for Mature. As their rationale, ESRB published the following description:
“Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, blood-splatter effects, and cries of pain. In addition to ranged combat, players have the ability to stab or pistol-whip enemies close-up or use them as human shields (…) Some weapons cause characters to explode into bloody chunks of flesh.”
The publishers haven’t mentioned the return of the zombies. However, ESRB appears they had a look into the game mode as well. They say, there are moments of decapitation and dismemberment in the Zombies mode. Which are quite usual for the Zombies mode.
On the other hand, we see that ESRB names the Xbox version of the game as “Xbox Series”. Therefore, this might indicate Microsoft has another version of their next-gen console under development. Furthermore, this console can be the rumoured Xbox Series S.
Nonetheless, it appears that the next Call of Duty holds no surprises in terms of the themes regarding its content.