According to Gizmodo, Microsoft will eventually start rolling out M-rated games via its Windows Store, after titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim were left off the store due to their ratings.
The issue appears to be that the Windows Store was using Europe’s PEGI rating system which denotes mature ratings as PEGI 16 and PEGI 18, with Microsoft blocking PEGI 18. This of course blocked out M-rated titles, along with the obviously-not-gonna-make-it Adult-rated software.
“It basically ends up disqualifying games that would be ESRB Mature,” said Windows Corporate VP of Web Services Antoine Leblond to Gizmodo. So Microsoft’s making the common sense choice to switch to a system that admits games that have content that warrants a Mature rating, even if it also carries a PEGI 18 rating.
So while some of these games won’t be available until sometime in December, it’s good to see that at least they’ll eventually end up in the Windows Store.