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