Conan Exiles is still in early access on Steam, and the game is doing phenomenally well. Players are loving the brutal difficulty, the survival-based gameplay, the breadth and scope of the world, and the extensive character creation suite. Some character creators let you add facial piercings and tattoos. Others may give you control over the height or girth of your character. More risque character creators may let you adjust a female hero's bust size. In Conan Exiles, you basically have a wiener-meter, letting you adjust how large your male character's penis is.
Well of course everyone took right to that, and apart from being a fantastic game Conan Exiles has also made headlines for its infamous endowment slider. Apparently, when Conan Exiles finally makes it to Xbox One, it'll be missing that key feature.
“Xbox has been pretty clear with us that it’s not going to fly,” Conan Exiles’ creative director Joel Bylos said in an interview with Glixel (via Kotaku). “It’s just going to be off by default I think. I don’t know if partial nudity might be OK. We haven’t spoken to Xbox about breasts. They do allow breasts in some of their games, but the penises definitely won’t be there.”
I suppose that's a bit of a double-standard, eh? I mean we're practically bombarded with boobies throughout the course of The Witcher 3, and Xbox didn't seem to have a problem with that. Interestingly, we've also seen full-frontal male nudity in games like Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned. It's somewhat brief there, however, and it's possible that Conan Exiles was singled out because players can prance around naked as long as they'd like and adjust their member size however they'd like.
Xbox isn't the only prude in the room, though. Apparently the development team ran into a little opposition in the course of Japanese localization. Here's Joel again: “There was a lot of talk from our team in Japan – because the game is translated in a lot of languages – and the Japanese translation team said ‘you’ll be banned in Japan because you have penises. That’s a flat out ban.’ But we haven’t heard anything.”
So there you have it. People are putting their feet down on the penis slider. Thankfully Conan Exiles is an excellent game and we don't think you'll mind. In fact, the game has been doing so well in early access that FunCom has decided to pour in millions more into development. More on that here.