Ubisoft have announced what feels like the thousandth part of their Assassin’s Creed series: This time Mirage is going to the Far East. Reminds everything a bit of Prince of Persia. But that's not the point here. Rather, when the trailer came out, many viewers noticed that there was an 18+ gambling content label. To be precise, the age rating was AO. And it pretends that the game is only for adults.
Adults-Only? Ubisoft promises release from 17
A corresponding classification would mean that the games cannot be sold and marketed everywhere. In addition, games with this mark are not allowed in the Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo stores. That alone is one of the reasons why publishers must try to circumvent this classification. Game manufacturer Ubisoft has now issued a statement stating that this is a display error.
Even though the current age rating of the game has not yet been determined, Ubisoft assures that the game will not contain any gambling content or so-called loot boxes with a gambling character. In the Xbox Store, the corresponding label has now been changed. The only information there is that the classification is still pending and that the game will probably be released on the market with a recommendation from 17.
The game will be released in 2023, an exact date has not yet been set. So-called loot boxes, as known to players from CS:GO and FIFA, for example, offer the opportunity to buy surprise boxes for real money. And those can then contain exclusive weapons or other equipment. Corresponding offers have been criticized for both FIFA and CS:GO. Critics assume that, so to speak, gambling content is being brought closer to a young audience via the back door. On the other hand, it's nothing else than buying unopened trading cards for a lot of money and hoping to make a big profit here.