From all I looked into this, it works like this:
Sony and Microsoft are ■■■■ and refuse to allow ADULTS ONLY (AO) rated content on their consoles. They are trying to go the family friendly route the same as Nintendo.
The ESRB in the USA counts bare genitalia as Adults Only.
Therefore, to show characters naked from the waist down and sell this game in America, Funcom would be required to slap an AO rating on it.
It does not matter that this is essentially non-sexual nudity. That is how the ESRB handles things.
For my part, I think the ESRB is completely ■■■-backward without any sort of common sense at all. They are perfectly willing to allow softcore ■■■■ into video games under the M rating. (Don’t believe me? Look at the one cutscene in the original Red Dead Redemption. Worthy of Skinimax any day.)
Yet a non-erect penis, and what amounts to an extremely hairy vagina, are absolutely forbidden. Which is dumb.
The only way you are going to combat this is purchase an EU region version of Conan Exiles and play that. It is uncensored and uses PEGI, so Sony or Microsoft can’t do squat about it.
I originally was going for an EU version of this game. Not because I’m overly interested in naked characters, but because I believe this sort of censorship is wrong for a game that is meant for 18 and over.
Blame idiotic bad parents that let their children play anything and everything.