Deus Ex: The Fall – Square promises to fix jailbreaking issue

Friday, 12th July 2013 20:07 GMT By Brenna Hillier

If you have jailbroken your iOS device, you’re in for a shock – Deus Ex: The Fall won’t let you fire weapons; however, Square has said it plans to fix the issue.


Square Enix has apologized for not mentioning the jailbrak restriction in advance and plans to fix the issue with an update, although at present there isn’t an ETA.

Here’s the full statement on the matter handed to Eurogamer:

“We have not been clear in our communication earlier this week when we launched Deus Ex: The Fall. We did not state clearly that the game would not support jailbroken devices and so we will be switching this off via an update, so that all the supported iOS devices will be able to play the game in the near future.”

“We feel it’s the right thing to do in this situation and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. No customer should be out of pocket when we were not clear from the start, so we’ll get the game updated as soon as possible so that everyone who wants to play Deus Ex: The Fall can do regardless of whether their device is jailbroken or not. As soon as this update is live we will communicate this via the Eidos Montreal Community channels.”

Original Story:

The news originated with one Reddit user but has since been widely reported and corroborated.

Presumbly, the reasoning behind the restriction is that jailbreaking allows users to pirate games, but it’s a controversial move on Square Enix’s behalf since jailbroken phones can still run games which have been legitimately purchased.

The first user to report the issue claims to have bought the game through official channels, and that there was no wanring that features would be missing or restricted as a result of jailbreaking.

Jailbreaking is a commonly accepted term for removing various system locks on iOS devices and, increasingly, other hardware. It allows root access, permitting the installation of non-standard software from outside Apple’s ecosystem.

Jailbreaking has been legal in the US since 2010 and is legal in many other territories.

We’ve asked local Square Enix representatives for comment and clarification. Deus Ex: The Fall hit iOS yesterday.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. JimFear-666

    so i guess the next step will be every pc gamers who have a computer with a cracked os will not be able to play a game made by squeenix?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. addgoer

    Want to know how to play Deus Ex: The Fall on jailbroken devices? Search AppsGoer Deus Ex: The Fall forum to get the trick.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. addgoer

    This easily the best mobile shooter I’ve ever played across all platforms. Every mobile games controls should feel this responsive and fluid. And graphically? Can’t believe games made for our PHONES look this amazing.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. gargus

    “Buy our game and jail broke your phone you paid for? F*** you.”

    #4 1 year ago
  5. silkvg247

    lol way to get people who actually might buy the game to get a cracked copy instead. This DRM will achieve the exact opposite of desired results and reduce their sales further. Love to know which suit came up with the idea.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    this was actually funney :D

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Mus42

    @5 Probably the same suit who thought it was a great idea to make the game iOS only in the first place….

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Logion

    I’m pretty sure most people who jailbreak their phones are doing it so they could have a custom ringtone or something. This seems a bit excessive.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. TheWulf



    That’s not how PCs work, guy. The humble personal computer is an open platform, and as such, from your perspective it already comes what you might consider to be ‘pre-cracked’ by its very nature.

    Wow, are people really that clouded by proprietary systems these days that they think of having personal rights as something being cracked?

    That actually makes me sad.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. TheWulf


    That’s exactly what happened on the PC years ago, which is the era that a certain fanboy likes to allude to. There was one point where DRM was so insane that it could actually do hardware damage to your system and open it up to any script kiddie with a modicum of knowledge at the same time.

    StarForce was an example of this, setting CD/DVD drives to PIO mode and — this is almost too painful to say — giving ring 0 access to anyone who knew how to access the DRM. If you don’t know why a hacker having ring 0 access is bad, do a bit of Googling. It’s bad. Very, very, very bad.

    So what this lead to was people pirating out of spite. The common attitude was “well, if you’re going to try to damage my computer and give my personal details to hackers then fuck you, I’ll just get your game from a more trustworthy source” because back when DRM was THAT bad, cracks were more widely trusted than DRM.

    Things are, thankfully, appreciably a little more sane these days.

    If mobile developers start pulling this nonsense for mobile devices, then what they’re going to end up seeing is that people will play exclusively pirated games. They won’t bother to even buy the game because they know it’ll screw them over, so they’ll consider pirates a more trustworthy source.

    What baffles me is why Square-Enix thought this was a good idea. I wonder how long until the person responsible is fired? Since this is incompetence on a grand scale, really. Wow.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    This is terribly silly. To think, some otherwise supposedly intelligent and qualified person or persons, devoted part of their time working on this title to a thing that broke the game for a potentially sizable chunk of the intended audience. :/ That somebody coded this, just beats me.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. manamana

    Excellent game for a mobile device. The games for tablets are growing stronger.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. backup

    ios a failed operating system just like windows
    PSP vita is future

    #13 1 year ago
  14. taylorlauder

    did they really think they can get away with this bullish!t?

    #14 1 year ago

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