Microsoft has clarified its position on nudity in games after Conan Exiles developer Funcom essentially spoke for the company at GDC earlier in the week.
“The statement made by Funcom about “Conan” content being altered at the discretion of Microsoft was inaccurate,” a Microsoft representative said.
“Microsoft and Xbox abide by the policies and guidelines set forth by the [North American] Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system. Funcom has submitted “Conan Exiles” for review to the ESRB and pending its receipt of an acceptable rating we look forward to publishing the game on Xbox.”
Obviously, that means the game would need to be classified by the Australian Classification Board here in the country. Because the nudity isn’t “material which shows actual sexual intercourse and other sexual activity between consenting adults,” it’s possible Conan Exiles could receive an R18+ rating rather than an X18+, or simply being refused classification.
Conan Exiles will head to the Xbox Game Preview Program sometime in Q3 2017, followed by a full retail release on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4 in 2018.