StarCraft II Hit With Adults Only Rating in Korea

The game of StarCraft is kind of a big deal in Korea, the country in which Blizzard opted to announce the highly anticipated StarCraft II in May of 2007. Shame, then, that the PC game has been rated adults only.

That rating issued by Korea's Games Rating Board could mean that Blizzard sells only millions of copies of the sci-fi real-time strategy game, which looks to fall 12 years after its predecessor. According to a report from The Korea Times, the ratings board has been getting tougher on depictions of violence, foul language and drug use. (I guess Stim Packs count?)

Previous versions of the game submitted to the Games Rating Board, including an "Alpha" version and a "Skirmish" version, have been rated for the 15-years-old and up crowd. Previous StarCraft games, like the original PC release and the Brood War expansion, carry ratings designating the game appropriate for players 12 and up.

Blizzard can object to StarCraft II's adults-only rating within the next 30 days.

Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism—of which the Games Rating Board is part—recently imposed restrictions on play time for underage players of online PC games, though not necessarily StarCraft.

StarCraft II Gets Adults-Only Stamp [The Korea Times - thanks, Eternal!]