Risen 2: Dark Waters cover edited to meet ESRB’s guidelines
Posted: 28.03.2012 08:37 by Jamie Davey Comments: 4
Deep Silver has been forced to change the cover for Risen 2: Dark Waters in North America after The Entertainment Software Ratings Board deemed it too graphic.

As you can see in the image below, the original packshot contained red paint that could be seen as excessive blood, which goes against the rating boards marketing guidelines. The publisher has changed the red paint to a light blue to solve this problem.

"The color backdrop to the game's skull was changed to comply with ESRB guidelines pertaining to elements that could possibly be interpreted as blood," said a Deep Silver representative in a statement to Game Informer.

"These changes pertain only to the artwork for North America - all of our other territories will use the original artwork."

Risen 2: Dark Waters is out in North America on April 27th for PC and May 22nd for PlayStation and Xbox 360. It will be released for consoles in Europe on 25th May.


By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 28, 2012
The cover looks like it's from the 90's, I don't see how it could possibly be considered too graphic as they didn't even try to make the image realistic.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Mar 28, 2012
Another example of rating ridiculousness. Silly.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 29, 2012
Really stupid - how did they get the skulls? Clay? Bah and nonsense...