Last week the ESRB rated EA's upcoming shooter Battlefield 3 with an unsurprising "Mature" rating. The board noted realistic gunfire, splashes of blood, stabbing soldiers to death with knives, and even a sequence where a restrained character's throat is slit off-screen as a cause for the rating. No real big surprise, honestly.
But then the ESRB also revealed a mission objective to be completed that now has EA explaining itself: shooting police officers. This revelation actually conflicts with comments made by the game's producer Patrick Back earlier this year who said the experience needed to be built so that players are not put in a position to do bad things.
"If you put the player in front of a choice where they can do good things or bad things, they will do bad things, go dark side - because people think it's cool to be naughty, they won't be caught," he explained.
Of course, there's now speculation that the game's cop-killing feature will likely spark an outrage from the press and government officials. Similar game features like the "No Russian" level in 2009's Modern Warfare 2, the chase scene on the London Underground in the upcoming game Modern Warfare 3, and the Taliban multiplayer option in last year's Medal of Honor have caused enough controversy to force Activision and EA to alter the games and/or issue defending statements. Controversial situations are seemingly great for advertisement.
However on Monday EA issued a response to the police shooting objective, although it's not one you'd expect. "I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation. For God's sake, there is a nuke in Paris! Millions of lives are at stake!!"
Battlefield 3 arrives on October 25 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.