Not for the first time, and not for the last either, a strategy game on the App Store has been removed because it featured “people from a specific government or other real entity as the enemies”. In this case, the Taliban.
Apple’s long-standing and long-stupid policy has been affecting historically accurate (or at least historically related) games for years now; as far back as 2011, when Pacific Strike was yanked for featuring Japanese flags.
The latest victim is Slitherine’s Afghanistan ‘11, a port of a PC game that came out last year. A somewhat hardcore strategy game, which involves all kinds of “hearts and minds”, recon, supply and intel work alongside combat, it was removed from the App Store earlier today.
Apple have just pulled Afghanistan '11 from the app store because its got "people from a specific government or other real entity as the enemies". You mean like every realistic game ever.... and people wonder why we don't do iOS anymore. https://t.co/LQjUPUkWWr pic.twitter.com/m4YRNQXyoL
— Iain McNeil (@Iain_Slitherine) December 5, 2018
It’s the same story as 2015, when Ultimate General: Gettysburg was yanked from the App Store for having the audacity to be a game about the Civil War and feature Confederate flags.
It’s tiring asking/hoping for Apple to change this, so instead of wasting your energy on that, go play these games somewhere else. Afghanistan ‘11, for example, is better on PC anyway.