Deus Ex: The Fall launched yesterday on iTunes and already some users have reported that the game refuses to let them use one of the main features in the game; shooting, because their iOS devices are jailbroken.
“We are sorry but you can’t fire on jailbroken devices,” says the pop-up message when players with jailbroken devices attempt to complete the tutorial which involves the compulsory act of shooting some guards with a tranquillizer gun in order to continue. This was first spotted by Reddit user KipEnyan who said:
“This is massively offensive on Square Enix’s behalf,” he explained to Reddit. “The obvious implication is that all jailbreakers are pirates who more than likely pirated this game. I paid good money for this game and Squeenix feels it’s okay to break my game because I prefer to customize my iPhone to my liking.”
According to the massive influx of one star reviews it seems that it’s not just limited to one or two people with jailbroken devices, it affects everyone. Though jailbreaking or rooting your mobile phone is no longer considered illegal Square Enix seem to be presuming most users who jailbreak are most likely pirating the game but that’s not the case as it seems.
Is this a case of piracy prevention gone wrong or should Square Enix stick to their guns? In my opinion they should at least offer affected users a refund if they can prove the purchase is genuine, something that can easily be done.
A warning to those of you with jailbroken devices, if you do plan on getting Deus Ex: The Fall I’d wait to see if Square Enix change their minds on this.