Habbo Hotel made headlines of the wrong kind earlier this year when some users of the children’s virtual world were found to be posting explicit sexchat messages.

Parent company Sulake has been working hard ever since to clean up Habbo and strengthen its moderation. Now it’s seemingly on the verge of launching a dedicated chat app for iPhone called Pocket Habbo.

The app appears to have gone live on Apple’s App Store last night, before being removed – its listing is still viewable on aggregation site Appshopper.

“Download the 100% free Pocket Habbo app to chat with your Habbo Friends,” explains the App Store listing. “Chat for free! For the first time in Habbo history, Pocket Habbo enables you to send messages also to those friends who are offline.”

The app was listed as a free download. It remains to be seen when it will be launched officially on the App Store.

Is it a risk launching a mobile chat app, given the events earlier this year? Sulake is presumably confident that its moderation systems are up to scratch, but some parents may be concerned at the idea of their children chatting to Habbo friends on devices, rather than a family computer.