The war in Afghanistan stretches for 17 long years. The action against the Taliban has involved generations of service members from the United States, becoming at the same time a modern and historical conflict. Among the best ways to learn about this war is through Slitherine's well-regarded strategy game Afghanistan & # 39; 11.
Unfortunately, Apple has decided to remove this title from the App Store. In an e-mail sent to Slitherine, the software and hardware giant called the game to represent "a specific government or other real entity as the enemies." The game was taken from the same day.
Apple's decision, which comes more than a year after the game went on sale for iOS devices, was a shock to its publishers.
"Historical accuracy is a key key to DNA Slitherine and Matrix Games," wrote Paulo Paglianti, Slitherine's global public relations manager, in an email to Polygon. "We never portrayed an & # 39; enemy & # 39; for your [ethnic] source. Our [games] are based on history and we always try to describe realistic historical situations. "
Making the decision even more incongruous is the fact that the intent of the game is not to destroy enemy forces, but to strategically support Afghan civilians. Here is the Paglianti:
Afghanistan & # 39; 11 is probably the only war game ever produced where killing the enemy is not the main focus of the game. The real purpose of the player is to delight and assist the Afghan civilian population by persuading local leaders to support the American military and to reject the Taliban lords. In fact, the counterinsurgency mechanism works just as in the real-life "Cops and Minds" military strategy: killing the enemy leads to nothing, building water resources, or dismantling minefields is the way to "win" each scenario and the full campaign. Indeed, the main objective of the campaign is to build a strong and independent government of Afghanistan and leave the country with all its army.
Polygon contacted Apple to discuss the matter.
This is not the first time Apple has decided to remove historical war games from its façade. By 2015, the company chose to suspend the sale of Civil War games with the battle flag of the Confederate States of America. Titles like Last General: Gettysburg were finally reintegrated.
It is also unclear why Apple has decided to highlight a game with US and Taliban forces. Other historical war games with real-life combatants that are still in the App Store include:
Afghanistan & # 39; 11 is still available for other platforms, including Windows PC via Steam.