Saturday, 18 May 2024

Update: iPad Version of Papers, Please to Include ‘Controversial’ Content

Developer Lucas Pope has announced that the iPad version of Papers, Please will soon feature nudity again. In response to the App Store’s restrictions, Pope had initially removed this content from the game. However, he has now revealed on Twitter that an update will be released to restore the nudity, albeit with the option to disable it. The update is expected to be available next week.

This news is especially exciting for fans of indie games who want to experience the game as its creator intended. While the inclusion of nudity may be controversial, Pope’s decision to make it optional and censored by default should address any concerns.

The Journey of Papers, Please to the iPad

Lucas Pope’s critically acclaimed game, Papers, Please, will soon be available on the iPad. However, the road to this release has not been without its challenges. The App Store initially raised objections to the game due to its depictions of nude emigrants passing through a full-body scanner at the in-game border checkpoint. The distributor deemed this content as “pornographic.”

In response, Pope made the necessary adjustments, removing the full-nudity option from the game. After these changes, the game received clearance for release on the iPad. Pope may consider appealing the ruling in the future. The game will be priced at $7.99, with a limited-time launch discount of $5.99.

Exploring the World of Papers, Please

Papers, Please is a widely acclaimed simulator that places players in the role of a border guard in a fictional, totalitarian country. The game’s intentionally repetitive and tedious gameplay creates an emotional atmosphere. Apart from managing the border, players must also balance their time and resources to support their in-game family. Failure to do so could result in illness, starvation, or even death.

Currently, Papers, Please is available on PC, and the iPad version will be released on December 12th. If you want to learn more about the thought-provoking aspects of the game, check out Game Informer’s review of the PC version by Tim Turi.


Q: Will the nudity in the iPad version of Papers, Please be optional?
A: Yes, the forthcoming update will allow players to choose whether or not to enable the nudity in the game.

Q: Are there any plans to appeal the App Store’s decision regarding the nudity?
A: While Lucas Pope has not filed an appeal at this time, he has not ruled out the possibility of doing so in the future.


The inclusion of nudity in the iPad version of Papers, Please has been a topic of discussion. However, the developer’s decision to make it optional and censored by default shows a commitment to addressing concerns while preserving the original artistic vision of the game. As the game prepares for its release on the iPad, fans of the original version and newcomers alike can look forward to experiencing the emotional depth and thought-provoking gameplay that Papers, Please offers.

Sources: Lucas Pope on Twitter (1), (2), Polygon