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Call of Duty: Ghosts gets 16 rating, has Activision toned down the violence?

on 26 September 2013

Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts has picked up a 16 certificate from PEGI, Eurogamer reports.

The hotly-anticipated military shooter, developed by Infinity Ward, is the first Call of Duty title in five years not to be slapped with an 18 rating.

Back in 2008, Call of Duty: World at War received a 15 certificate from the BBFC, though beginning with 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, every game in the multi-million selling FPS franchise has been given an 18 rating.

PEGI took over the ratings process beginning with 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, again handing out an 18 certificate.

Does this mark the beginning of a decrease in violence and mature content for the Call of Duty series? The franchise is no stranger to controversy, with Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 getting flak for the depiction of the brutal killings of civilians with the ‘No Russian’ and London stage, respectively. Perhaps it's time to shift away from such scenes?

Call of Duty: Ghosts is scheduled for release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 5. Next-generation versions will be released later that month.