On October 12, we learned that Microsoft’s guidelines for the new Windows Store prohibited the sale of mature or “adult” games. While the rule wasn’t too much of a concern for gamers in the U.S., where titles rarely get the adult rating, it was a big concern for users in the U.K.
A lot of popular games in the U.K. get the PEGI 18 rating, which means they wouldn’t have been allowed in the Windows Store. Some of the most popular titles that would have been excluded include Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect, and even Microsoft’s own Halo series.
Thankfully, the company has since reconsidered its guidelines, and decided that it will be allowing adult games after all. The Verge reports:
Microsoft will revise it’s [sic] previously established submission guidelines for the Windows Store, which prohibited games and apps with a rating above ESRB Mature or PEGI 16.
[…] Microsoft plans to alter the policy to account for PEGI 18 content by December, giving developers and publishers time to update their listings.
This brings Microsoft’s Store in line with rival offerings like Steam, EA’s Origin, and Apple’s Mac App Store — which all allow PEGI 18-rated games. I think you’ll agree that’s awesome news.
You won’t see the changes straight away — so there’ll be no mature games in the Windows Store at launch. But you should see them before Christmas.
[Via: The Verge]