Deus Ex: The Fall is the latest entry in the Deus Ex franchise that released on the App Store this week. It looks pretty much like any other Deus Ex game, just on iOS. But publisher Square Enix has decided to do something a little strange for this title.
Numerous players have complained that the ability to fire in the game is disabled on jailbroken devices. When attempting to fire a weapon, a message that reads “We are sorry but you can’t fire on jailbroken devices” appears onscreen instead. It’s unclear at this point if it is possible to finish the game without actually firing a weapon, since previous games in the series allowed for avoiding enemy encounters or other alternatives.
Many of the players that are complaining on sites like Reddit or on iTunes Store reviews are frustrated by the fact that Square Enix is basically implying that all users that jailbreak their devices are pirates. It’s understandable, since jailbreaking isn’t technically illegal and there are users that do it simply to install add more functionality or customization options for their iOS device. But at the end of the day, the publisher will do what they think they need to to protect their app from piracy — but whether this was the right way to about it may is debatable.
If you purchased the app legitimately, but are locked out of playing it properly on your device because of a jailbreak, you might want to give the xCon tweak a try. You can thank me later.