Halo 5: Guardians, the latest installment in the Halo franchise has been Rated T for Teen by the ESRB. This is uncharacteristic for the usually M Rated series of shooters. All of the Halo games have been Rated M with the exception of Halo Wars, Halo: Spartan Assault, and Halo: Spartan Strike which deviated from the typical Halo formula.
According to the ESRB’s description for Halo 5: Guardians, the game is Rated T for “Blood, Mild Language, and Violence.” Here is the official rating description for the game.
This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a super soldier (Locke) searching for a missing character. Players use pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, and futuristic weapons to kill alien and human enemies in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, explosions, and occasional blood-splatter effects. Characters can also use “assassinations” to kill characters by snapping their necks, or by stabbing them with bladed weapons. The word “a*s” appears in the dialogue, as well as occasional taunts/insults (e.g., “I have copulated…with your genetic progenitors!”; ‘Your father was a filthy colo and your mother was a hole in the wall!’).
Halo 5: Guardians will launch on October 27th.