, the developer behind the mobile games such as Ancient Battle: Rome
and Arc War
, ran afoul of Apple's app store guidelines earlier this week as it prepared to release its next Tank Battle game, Tank Battle: East Front 1942
. The strategy game which features tank warfare set in World War II, was rejected
by Apple as it was stated to "depict real entities as the enemies" according to an article by Pocket Tactics
Studio chief Andrew Mullholland brought up the rejection, which stuck out as odd given the fact that the game depicts both sides of a world-engulfing conflict with major historical significance. While the use of the word "enemies" sparked the rejection when applied to the German and Russian forces, the fact that Tank Battle: East Front 1942
is a sequel
to a game that already exists on the App Store is reason for confusion. Hunted Cow stated that they had not run into any problems during the submission process with the previous game.
This isn't the first time that Apple has flagged games which depicted enemies of different national origin. Under the same 15.3 guideline violation games such as Pacific Fleet
and Endgame Syria
have been rejected.
Apple later reversed the decision without requiring Hunted Cow to make any changes after the company appealed the decision. The game became available
after midnight on March 15.