Warning: Images in this post may be NSFW. All pics taken from the game or from official Blizzard artwork.
A fan posted an (apparently?) serious comment about the shocking nudity in Diablo 3, to which Lylirra returned an amusingly deadpan reply of disarming serenity.
Full frontal nudity with great accuracy. Can you warn people there’s p*rn in your game? That’s just wrong.
Lylirra: Apologies for any concern or confusion about the game’s visual content and rating, Reason. For reference, both Diablo III and Reaper of Souls are rated M for Mature (17+). Here’s the basic description from the official ESRB website:
Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
To learn more about ESRB ratings, visit: http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_guide.jsp.
I bet a lot of you share my “not sure if stupid or tolling…” reaction to the OP, but one thing I am sure of… he’s a ‘Murkan, as this is about the only modern Western nation where female toplessness remains a shocking anything, to anyone. I run our IncHC West clan on the US server and our (totally full, because 150 is way too low a cap) IncHC clan on EU, and just a few days ago I witnessed some clan chat were half a dozen of the guys were marveling that female boobs were considered nudity, and that any sort of erotic, consensual sex was shocking disallowed on US TV, while no amount of violence or gruesome rape/torture/etc was considered excessive. Their conversation had nothing to do with this “Succubus have boobs” blue post, and took place several days before it went live, but it certainly sums up the particularly American prudery that most people in YURP find so puzzling.
So what does Lady Victoria show? Conveniently, I’d actually taken screens of her battle (as I do with most Purples, for DiabloWiki.net articles) just yesterday, and hadn’t noticed any nudity of note. Here’s a three shot sequence, and if you find any “softcore p*rn” there you’ve got a lot better imagination than I do.
That’s not to say that Succubi in Diablo 3 don’t show some toplessness. Here’s official render art of the Succubi from Diablo 3, and a screenshot with a clear view from Diablo 3 promotional materials. (I don’t think you ever get Succubi like that in the Keep levels in the live game, but they look the same when found later in Act 3 and Act 4.) Both shots are from early-2012, so this is obviously not something new in Reaper of Souls.
The fact that the Succubi are nude, and even arguably (sort of?) sexy is actually getting back to Diablo’s roots. The Succubi in Diablo 1 were basically pin up models, topless and dressed only in color-coordinated thigh-high boots, g-strings, and sexy (and entirely-ornamental) Victoria’s Secret style wings. Maybe they had monstrous faces, but who could tell with the 640×480 sprite graphics? What you could tell was their over all shape, and I know I’m not the only one who sometimes sort of enjoyed their fleeing AI, since it allowed (forced) my character to walk right behind them, keeping a close on on their every move.
Until I caught up when they ran into a wall and chopped them into bloody pieces. *cough*
Diablo II’s Succubi were a departure from the cheesecake style of Diablo I. Lean and angular and mutated and creepy, they were not naked and they were not sexy. Their wings had function as well, if only in a “now they can hover” sort of way, and they put them to use floating just out of reach. Amazing how much less fun that AI was when you didn’t get to watch their buns swaying during the chase? Plus two other female monster renders from D2, to round out the gallery:
Happily, Andariel and the Corrupted Rogues took up the “we have perky boobs” baton from Diablo 1’s succubi. At least that’s what it looks like in the renders and official artwork. In-game, though? You’d need to be that “Lady Victoria!!1!” guy from the Blue post to know or care if they were topless or not. I loved D1 and D2’s visual style and mood and tone and theme, but trying to pick out any specific detail from the pixels of the 2D sprite graphics was a fool’s errand.
An assertion I think is proven by that last render, of the desert Lacuni (called Saber Cats in D2). Yes, that’s official Diablo 2 artwork, a close up of the image produced by Bliz North artist Michael Dashow for an ancient (but awesome) magazine cover. Now be honest; how many of you guys who played hundreds (thousands?) of hours of Diablo 2 ever noticed that the Act 2 Kitty Legionnaires (as we called them back then) were topless? Much less than they had 4 boobs?
If Lady Victoria is the latest in this proud heritage of slightly-exploitative T&A in the Diablo series, I’m proud just to be a witness to it. If anything, there’s not enough nudity in the Diablo games. After all, 99% of the demons are completely nude all the time, and yet they’re about as anatomically correct as Ken dolls. How do they make more little demons and demonesses anyway? Now that would be some interesting content for a Behind the Scenes DVD, eh?