In a move that can only really be classified as bizarre, Microsoft has apparently decided to refuse the sale of games and apps with a rating over PEGI 16 on its Windows 8 digital store. That means that PEGI 18-rated content will have to find another outlet to sell itself on.
The restrictions are detailed in the Windows 8 App Certification Requirements, and also bans US content rated above ESRB Mature. Although, given that the only step up from that bracket is 'Adults Only', this is possibly less of an issue. Here's the exact quote, via Rock Paper Shotgun
- section 5.1...
"Your app must not contain adult content, and metadata must be appropriate for everyone. Apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or that contain content that would warrant such a rating, are not allowed."
That effectively bars titles such as Dishonored
, Mass Effect 3
from being available on Windows 8 Marketplace. Stranger still, is how these regulations are in place for Windows 8 yet don't appear to be so for the Xbox 360. The confusion is even more ironic when you consider that Microsoft is aiming for consistency across all of its platforms.
At a time when multiple PC developers are criticising Microsoft's direction with the new desktop operating system, strange decisions like these won't really help the company court some much-needed goodwill.