Deus Ex: The Fall disables guns on jailbroken iOS devices

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The latest Deus Ex game was released yesterday, amidst a sea of players dropping the inevitable “I didn’t ask for this!” quotes. See Deus Ex: The Fall may feature cyber-hacking, but it has a problem with that idea in the real world.

If you happen to own a jailbroken iPad or iPhone, then Square Enix has some bad news for you. Deus Ex: The Fall can detect such illicit homebrewin’ and then automatically react by stripping the game of an important asset. The guns. Redditor KipEnyan via Kotaku encountered the issue, where he was caught unawares by the anti-piracy measure. And for the most part, I agree with what Eidos has done. They are protecting their game after all from software pirates.

But the anti-piracy feature does not distinguish between thieves and people who actually paid for the game and are running jailbroken devices. If you slapped down $6.99 for the game then you’re out of luck. No guns for you. And the thing is, there’s nothing illegal with the act of jailbreaking. Sure, I’d be completely mental to ignore the fact that most of it leads to illegal activities by the terms of your Apple agreement, but that’s like getting a speeding fine for sitting in a car that is idle.

“$7 for a game that doesn’t work on jail broken devices. No warning in App Store description,” read one user review for the app. Guess they’ll have to start calling this game Deus Ex: The Fail. YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

Last Updated: July 12, 2013

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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