Apple has added guns to their list of content that can prevent a game or app from releasing on the App Store according to a number of developers. The report which came to light on Pocket Gamer reports that some developers had come forward after having their apps rejected by Apple for having firearms in their screenshots or icons.
The new guideline from Apple reads “apps with App icons, screenshots, and previews that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected”.
This isn’t limited to just realistic depictions of guns but also includes things like the NES light gun as reported by Team Chaos who had to remove the item from their Rooster Teeth vs. Zombiens artwork
OrangePixel also fell foul of Apple’s new rule after being rejected for showing violence against others in their game, GunSlugs II which has a 12+ rating.
The guideline doesn’t affect just new titles being submitted either as Elektron Games found out when they submitted an update for their game Tap Army. The screens and content had not been updated but because screenshots showed characters pointing guns at each other, their update was initially rejected.
Apps and games containing violence and guns are still accepted on the store as they are controlled by the purchase process to save children from pixelated violence but because the store front can be seen by all, that content must be suitable for ages 4+.