Deus Ex: The Fall Disables Weapons on Jailbroken Devices

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Deus Ex: The Fall Disables Weapons on Jailbroken Devices

Deus Ex: The Fall jailbreak warning

Deus Ex: The Fall won't allow players with jailbroken iOS devices to fire their weapons, according to a report on Reddit.

Jailbreaking, for those unfamiliar with the term, is the process of modifying iPhones and iPads in order to to gain full access to the operating system and software, thereby allowing the installation of unapproved software, unofficial customizations and that sort of thing. The U.S. government declared it legal in 2010 but Apple still takes a dim view of it and in most cases, jailbreaking your phone will void the warranty.

Even so, the experience of Reddit user KipEnyan is extremely unusual. When he attempted to stun an enemy shortly after he began playing Deus Ex: The Fall for the first time, a message popped up saying, "You can't fire on jailbroken devices."

"I've never had this happen before, on either a rooted Android device or a jailbroken iPhone, and I've used both extensively for years," he wrote in response to follow-up questions. "This is the first time I've ever seen a developer pull anything like this, and it is wildly unacceptable."

"This is massively offensive on Square Enix's behalf. The obvious implication is that all jailbreakers are pirates who more than likely pirated this game. I paid good money for this game and Squenix feels it's okay to break my game because I prefer to customize my iPhone to my liking," he wrote. "Jailbreaking was declared perfectly legal, so pulling shit like this shouldn't be."

According to Polygon, at least one user review on the App Store made the same complaint about the game, although the review it referenced no longer appears to be there. We've reached out to Square Enix for more information and will update if and when we hear back.

Source: Reddit

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I agree completely. I buy all my games, but my device is jailbroken, I just like to customize. Although I'm not as angry as this guy I still this it's ridiculous and should be fixed asap.

Now I'm glad I didn't buy this as soon as I heard it was really good... : /

Welcome to the future where originality is worthless and customers don't matter.

Can they still do a stealth pacifist playthrough?

deth2munkies:
IT's confirmed and already fixed: http://forums.imore.com/jailbreaking-unlocking-hacks-themes-mods/258945-deus-ex-has-jailbreak-code-here-how-fix.html

via @Totalbiscuit.

Piss off legitimate players, damage company relations, game cracked in nanoseconds. Fine example of DRM.

At least it's not ATB.

That was a dick move. People should be able to mod the devices that the payed for. And of course it's fixed. So it wasn't only a dick move, it was a futile dick move.

So, their plan to prevent piracy is.....to massively piss off huge numbers of paying customers who jailbreak and so force them to actually pirate? Good job....

Johnson McGee:

deth2munkies:
IT's confirmed and already fixed: http://forums.imore.com/jailbreaking-unlocking-hacks-themes-mods/258945-deus-ex-has-jailbreak-code-here-how-fix.html

via @Totalbiscuit.

Piss off legitimate players, damage company relations, game cracked in nanoseconds. Fine example of DRM.

At least it's not ATB.

Yes it is sad seeing them keep trying the same DRM tricks when every single time they do, the consumer cracks it in no time.

Why the hell would game developers do this? It's none of their concern if a device has been jailbroken..

On the one hand, I like off the wall solutions to piracy like this.

OTOH, it would be nice if it was a solution to actual piracy.

So their plan to get back on people that jail broke their device, but paid for the game, was to disable their weapons? Which you don't really need as it's a Deus Ex game and you SHOULD be able to sneak past everybody.

So let me get this straight Square-Eidos.

Hype up your game, disappoint everyone when it's a mobile exclusive, sell your game on mobile devices, punish people who own a jail broken device, not just the illegal downloads, any and all jail breaks, step ?, profit?

Could someone get these anti-psychotics to the Square-Eidos office, they seem to desperately need it.

Just as I thought. This the real bullshit reason they made it an iOS exclusive: because it's easy to side load apps onto android. Oh noes, every one who wants control over their hardware and software is clearly a pirate. I see they patched it after realizing how short sighted and stupid it is kill apps people paid for.

Also, it's not like a shit ton of people jail break their i-devices or something /sarcasm

Adam Jensen:
That was a dick move. People should be able to mod the devices that the payed for. And of course it's fixed. So it wasn't only a dick move, it was a futile dick move.

..I'm assuming that you didn't ask for this.

When was the last time that joke was made, by the way? Has it become funny again?

OT: stupid move on Squeenix's part and it's hilarious just how quickly it has been circumvented. I wonder what their official line will be on it, if they'll bother to apologise or U-turn, or if they'll just stick their head in the sand and shout a muffled nonsensical and redundant defence out at their detractors.

Isn't it ironic that the theme of the game is human augmentation and freedom of choice, and users get punished for "augmenting" their device.

deth2munkies:
IT's confirmed and already fixed: http://forums.imore.com/jailbreaking-unlocking-hacks-themes-mods/258945-deus-ex-has-jailbreak-code-here-how-fix.html

via @Totalbiscuit.

Well, that was quick. At least it stopped those filthy pirates for a few hours! Now Eidos have nothing else to do but sit back and watch those 100 metacritic scores ride in on the backs of their sacks full of cash.[/sarcasm]

I wonder whether they spent a lot of money developing this unbeatable DRM and if in a few months we will hear news of how iDeus iEx wasn't profitable.

AWAR:
Why the hell would game developers do this? It's none of their concern if a device has been jailbroken..

Teoes:

Adam Jensen:
That was a dick move. People should be able to mod the devices that the payed for. And of course it's fixed. So it wasn't only a dick move, it was a futile dick move.

..I'm assuming that you didn't ask for this.

But I'm betting Apple did.

Johnson McGee:

deth2munkies:
IT's confirmed and already fixed: http://forums.imore.com/jailbreaking-unlocking-hacks-themes-mods/258945-deus-ex-has-jailbreak-code-here-how-fix.html

via @Totalbiscuit.

Piss off legitimate players, damage company relations, game cracked in nanoseconds. Fine example of DRM.

At least it's not ATB.

Hey now, Attack the Block was alright.

Even though I don't like it, I still chuckled. Does that make me a bad person?

Now watch it get fixed in a few hou-

deth2munkies:
IT's confirmed and already fixed: http://forums.imore.com/jailbreaking-unlocking-hacks-themes-mods/258945-deus-ex-has-jailbreak-code-here-how-fix.html

via @Totalbiscuit.

You know, sometimes I wonder if Square Enix would run better if we replaced most of the employees with these would-be pirates.

I'm still of the opinion that Jailbreaking should be illegal.... As in, it should be illegal to lock users away from doing whatever they want with the hardware they payed for.

Want your hardware to sell? Try making it a good piece of hardware rather than relying on locked software stores and exclusivity deals.

Anyway, back to the outrage.

Johnson McGee:

deth2munkies:
IT's confirmed and already fixed: http://forums.imore.com/jailbreaking-unlocking-hacks-themes-mods/258945-deus-ex-has-jailbreak-code-here-how-fix.html

via @Totalbiscuit.

Piss off legitimate players, damage company relations, game cracked in nanoseconds. Fine example of DRM.

At least it's not ATB.

DRM totally only affects pirates, guys (for about 48 hours tops).

On the bright side, those who do jailbrake their devices probably already know how to download patches and fixes to circumvent something like this.

Douchey move, Sqeenix. Douchey move. Not all jail breakers are automatically going to be pirates. No doubt there's a money trail from Apple somewhere in this story.

It's a good thing they thought this through and disabled weapons for people who modified their Ios device. It's not like they have the ability to hack their modified device to remove an annoying feature they don't want. Crisis averted, ladies and gentlemen, Square has solved the problem of players hacking into their own property.

I like the irony of a developer using crap DRM to control a game whom's universe revolves around an all-powerful cabal of people using technology to control the world.

It's consumer-unfriendly meta-humour!

Are they Apple fanboys? What reason did they have to do this? I understand that it's not something most developers for iOS devices would do.

deth2munkies:
IT's confirmed and already fixed: http://forums.imore.com/jailbreaking-unlocking-hacks-themes-mods/258945-deus-ex-has-jailbreak-code-here-how-fix.html

via @Totalbiscuit.

That was quick.

rofltehcat:
Can they still do a stealth pacifist playthrough?

Try doing a completely stealth/pacifistic playthrough of Human Revelations.

Back from trying yet? Because with the rampant idiocy that ran behind that game (outsourcing boss fights... really?!), I wouldn't be surprised if a similar effect had struck the IOS title.

Good thing it apparently got fixed though. Maybe next Square will decide to actually fix the original Human Revelation, instead of shitting all over the original adopters by forcing them to pay for a "Director's Cut".

cursedseishi:

rofltehcat:
Can they still do a stealth pacifist playthrough?

Try doing a completely stealth/pacifistic playthrough of Human Revelations.

Back from trying yet? Because with the rampant idiocy that ran behind that game (outsourcing boss fights... really?!), I wouldn't be surprised if a similar effect had struck the IOS title.

Good thing it apparently got fixed though. Maybe next Square will decide to actually fix the original Human Revelation, instead of shitting all over the original adopters by forcing them to pay for a "Director's Cut".

The director's cut just came with all the DLC, boss fights intact.

Yeah no, I'm with Square Enix on this one.

I've never met anyone who didn't use a jailbroken to get free music, apps, etc.

Besides, its kinda funny.

MrHide-Patten:

cursedseishi:

rofltehcat:
Can they still do a stealth pacifist playthrough?

Try doing a completely stealth/pacifistic playthrough of Human Revelations.

Back from trying yet? Because with the rampant idiocy that ran behind that game (outsourcing boss fights... really?!), I wouldn't be surprised if a similar effect had struck the IOS title.

Good thing it apparently got fixed though. Maybe next Square will decide to actually fix the original Human Revelation, instead of shitting all over the original adopters by forcing them to pay for a "Director's Cut".

The director's cut just came with all the DLC, boss fights intact.

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/03/wii-us-deus-ex-human-revolution-directors-cut-to-fix-boss-battles/

Wrong buddy, unless you somehow magically played the game before it's release, and if that's true then why not share some of your other infinite knowledge, hm?

1337mokro:

Hype up your game, disappoint everyone when it's a mobile exclusive, sell your game on mobile devices, punish people who own a jail broken device, not just the illegal downloads, any and all jail breaks, step ?, profit?

Could someone get these anti-psychotics to the Square-Eidos office, they seem to desperately need it.

Yeah. I am still unhappy with the fact that The Fall is mobile exclusive.
Then I hear about this bushleague BS.
Perhaps its time to write off my desire to try this one.

Saviordd1:
Yeah no, I'm with Square Enix on this one.

I've never met anyone who didn't use a jailbroken to get free music, apps, etc.

Besides, its kinda funny.

So if I customise my PC to run more effectively and to my liking, I shouldn't be allowed to play games and other media on it?

Because that's effectively what you've said, that anyone who custom builds their PC then runs Linux/Ubuntu on it shouldn't be allowed media... regardless of if they've paid for it or not?

I don't know the percentage of users that jailbreak their device to pirate, but the moment you're screwing over even one of your paying customers you're in the wrong.

Idiotic move Square Enix.

Rellik San:

Saviordd1:
Yeah no, I'm with Square Enix on this one.

I've never met anyone who didn't use a jailbroken to get free music, apps, etc.

Besides, its kinda funny.

So if I customise my PC to run more effectively and to my liking, I shouldn't be allowed to play games and other media on it?

Because that's effectively what you've said, that anyone who custom builds their PC then runs Linux/Ubuntu on it shouldn't be allowed media... regardless of if they've paid for it or not?

Except people don't "build" iphones so your comparison is without merit.

I'd be really pissed off if they started doing something similar for Android, my tablet is rooted, but every single game I have installed, I bought with my hard earned cash (or not if it's a F2P game).

Square-Enix is getting shadier and shadier with each passing day.

PoolCleaningRobot:
Just as I thought. This the real bullshit reason they made it an iOS exclusive: because it's easy to side load apps onto android. Oh noes, every one who wants control over their hardware and software is clearly a pirate. I see they patched it after realizing how short sighted and stupid it is kill apps people paid for.

Also, it's not like a shit ton of people jail break their i-devices or something /sarcasm

You know what? i think you might just have answered a question ive been asking myself for a while; Why is FFT:War of the Lions worldwide on IoS but Japan only on Android? maybe Squeenix are afraid of teh dreaded android pirates!

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