Is this going to affect CoT? I'm not sure if CoT was planning on having boxes or just exclusively digital downloads.
ESRB just changed its rules regarding cost of rating games for physical copies.
You can still get the digital copies rated free, but you can no longer put that rating on physical copies. You now have to pay to get the physical copies rated, even if they are exactly the same game. MMO's don't really need physical copies, but it's still kind of lame for indie game companies that may not be able to afford to get their physical copies rated and simply have to pull them. Of course, you can sell physical copies without a rating, but you pretty much have to do it from your own website as most retailers will refuse it. How much it costs is based on how much the game cost to develop, with the minimum cost of rating being $3,000, but it goes up to >$10,000 if the game cost a lot to make.
Seems like a move by the big game companies to try to stop indie developers who continuously outshine them.