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Deus Ex: The Fall patch to unlock gunplay for jailbroken devices

Square issues withdraws controversial anti-piracy mechanic

Square Enix has decided to withdraw the controversial anti-piracy mechanic in its iOS game Deus Ex: The Fall, which blocked jailbroken device users from firing weapons.

When trying to fire a weapon for the first time, players using a jailbroken device are faced with a notice which reads: "We are sorry but you can't fire on jailbroken devices".


After sparking outrage online among those who had legitimately purchased the game to play on their legally jailbroken device, Square has decided to withdraw the mechanic in an upcoming patch, which will re-enable gun fire for affected users.

In a statement to Kotaku, Square admitted its failure to warn jailbroken device users of the restriction prior to purchase.

"We have not been clear in our communication earlier this week when we launched Deus Ex: The Fall," said the publisher. "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."

It went on, "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."

No date for the patch was offered other than that it'll arrive 'as soon as possible'.