An interesting tidbit concerning Call of Duty: Black Ops was revealed by Square Enix today. While Activision and Treyarch’s FPS received a Mature rating in North America and deemed appropriate for gamers ages 17 and up, it’s received a Cero Z rating in Japan. Cero Z is equivalent to the ESRB’s Adults Only rating here, for people over the age of 18. Square Enix made the announcement because it’s responsible for bringing the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops to Japan.
The Cero Z rating comes even after the announcement that Call of Duty: Black Ops will be censored, due violence, in Japan. It’ll still be bloody and there’ll be harsh language. Japan just made Square Enix remove any scenes that might show soldier’s arms or legs being blown off. Apparently, those kinds of images aren’t considered appropriate in Japanese video games.
In case you’re curious, Call of Duty: Black Ops received downright lenient ratings in both Europe and Australia. It has a BBFC rating of 15, meaning it’s recommended for gamers over the age of 15. The OFLC gave it an M rating, which means the game has been deemed appropriate for players 13 and over.
Call of Duty: Black Ops will be appearing at Square Enix’s booth at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show this year, and debuting in Japan in Winter 2010. Except for the Windows version, which has a TBA release date. People in Japan will be able to choose between dubbed and subtitled versions of the games. Call of Duty: Black Ops makes its US debut November 9, 2010.