This just in from Take Two Interactive, publisher of the embattled Manhunt 2: The ESRB has issued an initial rating of AO (Adults Only) for Manhunt 2.
"We believe the process of rating videogames is to help people make informed entertainment choices and not to limit them.Manhunt 2 was created for mature audiences and we strongly believe it should receive an M (Mature) rating, aligning it with similar content created in other forms of media. We are exploring our options with regard to the rating of Manhunt 2."
For a video game publisher, the economic impact of an AO rating cannot be overstated. It means that major retailers like Wal-mart, which by itself accounts for about 25% ofretail games sales, will not carry Manhunt 2. There is an appeal process available to game pubilshers who wish to dispute rating assignments.
Oh well, looks like Manhunt 2 is pretty much dead in it's current form, I guess they'll have no choice but to make drastic cuts to the game if they want to sell any copies