Apple frowns upon Papers Please's pixelated nudity
Papers Please launched last year to both critical and commercial success, and placed you in the role of a border inspector working for a totalitarian regime. The demands on exactly what is required for entry into your country grow over the course of the game, until you implement a full body scanner to check for explosives and contraband.
It's this scanner that Apple has deemed to be "pornographic content," according to Lucas Pope, the game's developer.
One of the things Papers Please has been praised for is its uncompromising view to making the player uncomfortable both with what they are asked to do in their role as a border inspector, as well as the choices presented to them by guards and immigrants alike. The full body scanner, with its unflattering depictions of the people filtering through your station, were one of the stronger manifestations of this.
The iPad version of Papers Please releases tomorrow, December 12.
The iPad version has no full nudity option for the search scanner photos. Apple rejected that build for containing "pornographic content."— Lucas Pope (@dukope) December 11, 2014
Update: After news broke that Apple had censored his game, Pope took to Twitter on Friday to note that the company is now calling it a "misunderstanding" and asking him to resubmit the game to the App Store with its nudity option enabled.
Just talked to Apple. The initial rejection for porn was a misunderstanding on their part. They suggested I resubmit with the nudity option.— Lucas Pope (@dukope) December 12, 2014