Dark Souls II is rated...T for Teen!?

Earlier today, the ESRB shocked everyone by rating Dark Souls 2 T for Teen.

This is the first game in From Software's infamously difficult RPG series to not be rating M for Mature.

The ESRB justified the rating by writing: "Players traverse dungeon-like settings and battle a variety of fantastical enemies (e.g., ghouls, zombies, skeletons, giant rats) to gain souls. Players use knives, swords, and arrows to defeat enemies. Combat is highlighted by cries of pain and small splashes of blood."

"Some locations depict instances of blood and gore: a giant snake boss holding its severed head; a giant boss creature composed of hundreds of corpses; dead ogres near a pool of blood; a torture device with streaks of blood. During the course of the game, a boss creature appears partially topless (e.g. hair barely covering breasts). The words 'bastard' and pr*ck can be heard in the dialogue."

A giant snake holdings its severed head, bloody torture devices, and a creature composed of hundreds of corpses? Sounds like family friendly fun! If nothing else, maybe teens can play Dark Souls II to learn about anger management.

The game will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 11. A PC version will follow at a later date. The rumor has been May, but that's yet to be confirmed.