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Deus Ex: The Fall Detects Jailbroken Devices, Renders Game Unplayable

By - Source: Polygon | B 23 comments

Don't buy Deus Ex: The Fall if your idevice is jailbroken.

Deus Ex: The Fall, the mobile game sequel to "The Icarus Effect" book, will detect if it's being played on a jailbroken device and disable the player's ability to fire.

As soon as players are dropped into the game and attempt to fire, they're presented with the message "We are sorry but you can't fire on jailbroken devices."

Attempts to curb piracy are one thing, but Square Enix may be going a bit over the top with its DRM. "This is massively offensive on Square Enix's behalf," said KipEnyan, a Reddit user who posted about his problem to the website. "The obvious implication is that all jailbreakers are pirates who more than likely pirated this game. I paid good money for this game and [Square Enix] feels it's okay to break my game because I prefer to customize my iPhone to my liking."

Though jailbreaking mobile and tablet devices is usually warranty-voiding, it's not illegal. Square Enix may be overstepping its bounds as a publisher in attempting to police its customers' behaviors. Not to mention, this move may actually drive customers away, as there are plenty of people, like KipEnyan, who purchased the game despite having the ability to pirate it. It just means that Square Enix will be losing out on purchases from potential players who have now been alienated and are forced to seek out alternate means to play the game.

 

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    brucek2 , July 12, 2013 1:39 AM
    I especially like the "we're sorry" for a voluntary action they went out of their way to take. I don't think they're all that sorry.
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    bustapr , July 12, 2013 1:35 AM
    and the people who actually buy the game for a jailbroken phone would find that they just lost $15(?). this is stupid.
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    abbadon_34 , July 12, 2013 2:22 AM
    Headline should read: "Modders and Enthusiasts must pirate Deus Ex, so says Square Enix".

    Of course not true enthusiast would be using apple to begin with.
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    bustapr , July 12, 2013 1:35 AM
    and the people who actually buy the game for a jailbroken phone would find that they just lost $15(?). this is stupid.
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    brucek2 , July 12, 2013 1:39 AM
    I especially like the "we're sorry" for a voluntary action they went out of their way to take. I don't think they're all that sorry.
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    CrArC , July 12, 2013 1:42 AM
    If you're jailbroken, just install XCON from Cydia and patch the game, it'll work fine apparently.

    Square Enix are just wasting their time, and yours.
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    abbadon_34 , July 12, 2013 2:22 AM
    Headline should read: "Modders and Enthusiasts must pirate Deus Ex, so says Square Enix".

    Of course not true enthusiast would be using apple to begin with.
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    abbadon_34 , July 12, 2013 2:32 AM
    Of course all this does it prevent people from casually sharing the game with people they know. Any "pirate" version will work around this.

    Question: Is the lawyer excuse relate to the Supreme Court first sale/resale ruling?

    /OT Damn forums still broken, going on 6 months now
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    KelvinTy , July 12, 2013 2:37 AM
    Why do they even care about Jailbroken iphones...
    It's like, a game says "wow, you have bittorrent capable software installed in your computer" and prompt a "f!@# you, pirate." message.
    It's like walking into a dedicated shoe store with another brand's product and being scold over it...
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    renz496 , July 12, 2013 2:46 AM
    afaik they don't even allow their games to run on rooted android phones (although some people are lucky to be able to run Square Enix's games on their rooted devices) so something like this is expected from them
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    makkem , July 12, 2013 3:13 AM
    Why do I suspect that Apple is behind this somewhere
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    catfishtx , July 12, 2013 6:34 AM
    Wow, thanks for painting with a very broad brush there, Square Enix. I jailbroke my Gen.1 iPod Touch years ago just to see if I could do it. Thanks for assuming I am a criminal. I will just assume all of your games suck and stay away from them.
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    antilycus , July 12, 2013 6:46 AM
    if only they knew how many people just don't want all the crap that comes installed from the factory on their phone so they jailbreak / root it to complete get rid of that crap. Simple lesson, don't talk about the game, don't give them any free advertsing and pretend the game never existed. Otherwise the more you talk about it, the more other people will buy it and S.E. wont learn any lessons.
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    SvRommelvS , July 12, 2013 7:22 AM
    I for one look forward to reading the news stories of class action lawsuits alleging that the games inability to function on jailbroken devices was not properly disclosed prior to purchase. Mind you, it could have DOES NOT FUNCTION ON JAILBROKEN DEVICES stamped across every line it its app store description and the lawsuit would still happen.
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    majudhu , July 12, 2013 7:56 AM
    DRM ( a.k.a Digital Restrictions Management ) is defective by design, when will they understand? http://defectivebydesign.org/
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    GNCD , July 12, 2013 9:10 AM
    aaaaand they will pirate the game.
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    spat55 , July 12, 2013 10:48 AM
    Square are so thick, I use to like them, but there over the top predictions for games to sell, this and not listening to their customers is starting to really p**s me off.
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    LordHaHa , July 12, 2013 1:10 PM
    What a shame.
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    LordHaHa , July 12, 2013 1:12 PM
    What a shame.
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    bryonhowley , July 12, 2013 2:36 PM
    Well although I would never ever own any iCrap this move is stupid. And as said above it will just force people to pirate the game and completely get around the whole DRM crap anyway. I really do not know what they thought a move like this wood do but it will not stop pirating the game at all.
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    10hellfire01 , July 12, 2013 4:39 PM
    I thought Square Enix was trying to get themselves out of a hole...counter-productive much
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    Pailin , July 12, 2013 5:42 PM
    way to go make new friends xD
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    billiardicus , July 12, 2013 9:59 PM
    Nothing to worry about. The pirated version will work just fine on jail-broken phones. Not sure what Square is trying to accomplish here...unless it's drive away potential customers and promote piracy.
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