While the EU is given an uncensored version of the game, in regards to nudity, consumers in the US are sold an incomplete experience, as far as I am aware at the time of writing this. My understanding is that this is the result of an ‘issue’ with the ESRB, and yet according my my research and the resources publicly available from the aforementioned organization there should be no ‘issue’ at all.
The ESRB categorizes games by content, each rating containing a certain degree of ‘questionable’ material as they ascend a ladder containing ratings such as E, for ‘Everyone,’ T, for ‘Teens and Older,’ M, for ‘Mature, i.e. 17 and Older,’ and AO, ‘Adults Only, i.e. 18 and Older.’ Many publishers have been threatened by the ESRB with an ‘AO’ rating, which is believed to be a commercial death sentence for the game, especially since most retailers will likely not stock the game for the same reason.
Regardless of the danger posed by an organization that effectively controls content without a viable competitor to provide an alternative viewpoint, each ESRB rating has a number of publicly advertised terms that are themselves defined publicly on their website. Their rating system, based on ‘age appropriateness,’ ‘content descriptors’ and ‘interactive elements,’ has concrete definitions associated with the ‘content descriptors’ in general.
According to the ESRB, Conan: Exiles is rated ‘M,’ and is declared to include the following content: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Nudity, and Use of Alcohol. Even with all these ‘content descriptors,’ the game maintains its ‘Mature’ rating, not slipping into the ‘AO’ category. The topic of this discussion is ‘nudity,’ and my point can be found in the description of Nudity as described by the ESRB itself, lest they contradict themselves. The definition is as follows: ‘Graphic or Prolonged Depictions of Nudity.’
There is little room for debate here, as casual nudity is a far cry from ‘Graphic Sexual Content,’ even as described by the organization. Additionally, it is said that context is taken into account during their rating process, which should have picked up that the nudity in the game is not directly related to ■■■. Even so, after declaring in their own relative definitions of content that such nudity is allowed under the applied ‘content descriptor,’ why is only ‘partial’ nudity allowed on consoles, when even the ESRB does not describe and restrict the rating for having Nudity? It is important to note that the ESRB has a ‘content descriptor’ for ‘Partial Nudity,’ which typically falls under the ‘T’ rating category.
I want to see what others think of this, and would appreciate a legitimate response from someone with the authority to answer my questions, or make a change if they can not justify the lack of nudity in a game that runs servers located in the U.S. where full nudity is allowed.