Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree now with ESRB rating – Did you expect that?

Yes, you would have. Anyone who wasn't expecting it would have only vaguely heard of Elden Ring. Well, every piece of news about Shadow of the Erdtree is worth its weight in gold and that's why here is the ESRB rating with a few pieces of information that are as new to those familiar with the title as the result of the rating. So it's worth it.

Listen to me, Tainted One, I certainly have something new to announce

Are you thirsty for new details about Elden Ring's upcoming DLC ​​Shadow of the Erdtree? I put my hand reassuringly on your shoulder and tell you around the campfire about the latest information that has come to me. As the fire crackles and the delicate smoke rises into your nasal cavities, I mention them ESRB rating.


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Unsurprisingly, she raises an eyebrow and tells me that there can only be one rating for Shadow of the Earthtree. But I don't give up and entice you with the additional details given in the classification. You can't resist.

Yes, Shadow of the Earthtree is rated M for Mature. That means it is recommended for people aged 17 and over. This may not be a surprise, but it's good to know because it means that you won't miss out on blood, gore, harsh language, suggestive themes and violence in the expansion.

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The classification description first describes what Elden Ring actually is. A few sentences later things get a little more interesting. “Players use swords, spears, axes, arrows and magic against enemies. Combat is highlighted by screams of pain, blood splatters and impact sounds,” it says.

A small list gives you a foretaste of the brutality of the expansion. “The game contains depictions of gore: collectibles, including severed fingers and tongues; a boss character cutting off his own arm; severed arms hanging from the ceiling,” the rating reads.

“During the course of the game, a humanoid monster is depicted partially nude, with scales/scars covering its chest and pelvic regions. The word 'sh*t' appears in dialogue,” reads the final line of the rating. Nothing is completely unexpected here, you realize. Luckily for me, the mood here in the clearing is so calming that you don't feel the urge to hit me on the back of the head with your sword.

You look my way with hope. Maybe she left out a juicy detail? But I have already sneaked away under the cover of night and am leaving you to sit alone at your campsite with this “news”. Thanks for nothing, you think as you roll your eyes and stare into the fire, waiting for Shadow of the Erdtree to be released on June 20th…