Deus Ex The Fall Locks Out Jailbroken iOS Devices

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A new chapter in the Deus Ex universe dropped yesterday and all reviews indicate that it's actually a pretty good mobile game, relative to the limits of that platform. Unfortunately, there's a substantial hidden caveat. If you own a jailbroken device, Deus Ex: The Fall won't let you pull the trigger. You're allowed to buy the game no problem, but as soon as you try to shoot anything, the game helpfully informs you that only non-jailbroken devices are actually able to fire.

While I suppose this technically aids an extra layer of difficulty to anyone wanting to try a hardcore sneak mode, it's not going to be much fun for people who prefer more traditional play -- or simply want a range of options. Keep in mind, jailbreaking a device isn't the same thing as pirating software. Jailbreaking on an Apple device allows you to use the phone on multiple carriers, allows the installation of software from alternative app stores like Cydia, and can be used to customize a phone in ways Apple doesn't allow. If you want a different default option for web browsing, for example, jailbreaking is the only way to get it.


It's not as pretty as the original, but it still looks decent.

While piracy is illegal, jailbreaking has been explictly recognized as legal under the DMCA and Apple can't stop you from doing it, though the company notes that jailbreaking a device does void the warranty. Eidos apparently feels that legal isn't good enough. The company's decision to lock out jailbroken devices without bothering to say so in the App Store description has upset a number of gamers who justly feel as though they paid for a product they're now unable to use. It's not clear if software pirates will be able to bypass the lockout, but presumably they will at some point, thus ensuring that the only people who wind up punished by this are those who dared to make use of a legal right while wanting to pay Eidos something for a quality product.


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This is the sort of decision that turns people into pirates. while it's possible to un-jailbreak a phone, doing so is a pain and requires that you repeat the jailbreaking process if you want to use apps or software you've acquired from a third party after playing the game.

Eidos needs to clean this up, either with full refunds to game buyers or, preferably, by removing the jailbreak lockout altogether. As the owner of a locked iPhone 4S, I was planning to buy the game but am going to put off doing so until the company fixes this mistake. Punishing your fans isn't an effective way to secure a product and it costs far more in goodwill than you earn in sales. In the case of jailbroken devices, switching back to default status to play a single game may not be practical for some users and paying customers shouldn't be the ones getting reamed.
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Why would they create the game that way?

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i think this idea altogether is just another way for apple to screw everyone over this seems ridicules i mean if i want to do anything to my phone that's cool but i cant have a non proprietary device and play this game seriously no i would never buy it

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i think this idea altogether is just another way for apple to screw everyone over this seems ridicules i mean if i want to do anything to my phone that's cool but i cant have a non proprietary device and play this game seriously no i would never buy it

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i think this idea altogether is just another way for apple to screw everyone over this seems ridicules i mean if i want to do anything to my phone that's cool but i cant have a non proprietary device and play this game seriously no i would never buy it

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lipe123 replied on Fri, Jul 12 2013 2:37 PM

Eidos flexes their DRM-happy muscles yet again. These idiots have stepped on DRM landmines so many times now and they STILL don't learn.

Maybe they should take a nice multi million $ class action lawsuit to the testicles to give them a reminder.

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Joel H replied on Fri, Jul 12 2013 3:43 PM

This isn't Apple's decision, it's Eidos'. As far as I know, Apple places no restrictions of this type on any product.

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KyleFeng replied on Fri, Jul 12 2013 5:02 PM

So clever. Of course the company that produced Deus Ex would do this. Props.

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jul 13 2013 1:33 AM

This game looks HOT but I couldn't see playing it with just touch screen controls. Would need a controller of some sort.

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Id be more than a little mad...and at the very least they should give their money back,

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ajm531 replied on Sat, Jul 13 2013 10:00 PM

moga bluetooth controller?

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ajm531 replied on Sat, Jul 13 2013 10:01 PM

all i can say is challenge accepted.

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ajm531 replied on Sat, Jul 13 2013 10:01 PM

all i can say is challenge accepted.

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ajm531 replied on Sat, Jul 13 2013 10:02 PM

this is nothing new. Companies have something like this with android and rooting. I mean the app would straight out not work. I havent seen much of this lately till this story came along. Its kind of funny though.

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