Bethesda responds to Oblivion rating change

Oblivion (Mature)Bethesda has issued an official statement addressing the ESRB's decision to change Oblivion's rating from Teen to Mature. The developer will not contest the change, but insists that a "full, accurate, and comprehensive" report of Oblivion's content was submitted to the ESRB before the game's release. That report included a 60-page document that detailed all "explicit language, acts, and scenes in the game."

Bethesda's report did not list nudity because "[there] is no nudity in Oblivion without a third party modification." The existence of topless heroines is not a result of unlockable content, but rather, a result of third party tools used to modify the game's art archive. With that said, it's difficult to justify the ESRB's decision to include "nudity" as part of the PC version's explicit content.

Bethesda also confirms that there will not be a recall, nor will the game's content be changed in order to retain the Teen rating. Instead, future copies will be printed with Mature rating labels, and M-rated stickers will be applied to all existing unsold copies of Oblivion.

Note: Both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of Oblivion have been re-rated.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.