Last week, a modified version of indie immigration simulator Papers, Please was released for iOS, after Apple rejected the original game for containing nudity. Now, it seems the publisher’s changed its mind, claiming the game was the victim of a “misunderstanding”.
Papers, Please puts you behind the desk at an immigration centre, deciding who is allowed to enter glorious Arstotzka. Your job involves checking paperwork, interviewing immigrants and – once you reach a certain point – using body scanners similar to those used in airports today.
The game is designed to be uncomfortable, and the nude body scanner simply adds to the discomfort. Yes, there is pixelated nudity, but presented in a way that is as far from sexual as it’s possible to be.
When asked to remove the naked people, developer Lucas Pope complied, submitting a modified version of the game that showed immigrants in their underwear. It was a minimal graphical change that had a significant emotional impact on the otherwise awkward scene. However, Apple was happy to approve the game, and Papers, Please was released onto the iTunes App Store to great acclaim.
Now though, something’s changed Apple‘s mind – we’re not saying it was the gamer backlash on the topic, but there was certainly a level of unhappiness in the community.
But something has apparently changed Apple’s mind.
Pope explains on Twitter:
Just talked to Apple. The initial rejection for porn was a misunderstanding on their part. They suggested I resubmit with the nudity option.
Key word there, perhaps: “Option”. Pope has reinstated the in-game nudity, but you’ll need to actively choose to see it, via a settings screen.
The update for Papers, Please on iOS is out now, adding a warning for “Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity”.