Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe might not attract the controversy that flared up over the violence in older MK games (think Sub-Zero's spine rip fatality), but it pushes its 15 rating "to the very limit".
That's according to Hans Lo, the senior producer on the tile, who has been doing his best to ease the fears of those of you who've commented on the supposed lack of violence and gore in the game.
"... When we first started on this project we stated that our goal was to make the most cutting-edge Teen game possible," Lo told us in a recent interview.
"There were times when we went over the edge and had to say, 'That definitely isn't Teen, let's bring it back a little bit. Is that Teen? No, not quite. Is that Teen? That might be Teen. Let's bring it back a little more.'
"We sat down with a lot of the ratings boards and said, 'This is what we're thinking. This is what we want to do. In all honesty, is this the kind of thing you will give us a Teen rating or a 15 rating for? Is this something that would be considered way out of line?' They were very helpful in giving us feedback.
"We basically tried to push it to the very limit, within reason, and I think we did a pretty good job. Some people are going to say, 'There's not going to be any blood, you can't have any kind of fatalities,' but you can have fatalities and I think we've got some pretty unique ones, or in the case of the DC heroes we've got heroic brutalities, some of which could have been featured in an original MK game, no question."
Now that's fighting talk.
The game's out for PS3 and 360 on November 21, but before then be sure to look out for the full interview with Lo, which will be published shortly.