Yesterday, Square Enix released its game Deus Ex: The Fall for iOS. The game has been highly anticipated among iOS gamers, and many couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. However, it was discovered shortly after the release that the game will block jailbroken devices from firing guns in the game.
It is assumed that this block for jailbroken devices is put in place to prevent users from pirating the game, which is possible on jailbroken iPhones. By blocking the firing of guns, the developer hopes to thwart all piracy by rendering the game essentially useless. However, as expected with the jailbreak community, there is a workaround for users.
To bypass the restriction, jailbroken users should head on over to ModMyI in Cydia. There is a tweak available called xCon, which blocks jailbreak detection by all apps, which will then allow even jailbroken phones to play Deus Ex: The Fall.
While the limitation was put into place to prevent piracy, it is also worth noting that there are many users with jailbroken devices who legally downloaded the game. Those users were not too happy to find that they were not allowed to fire guns in the game, and left negative reviews for the game in the App Store. Here’s an example from a reviewer: “I understand protecting the app against cracking/pirating, but preventing paying customers from playing on a device they own and legally modified is ridiculous.”
While the idea behind the block may have seemed great for the developer, Square Enix also managed to anger paying customers. Even though I don’t jailbreak my iDevices, I would certainly be mad to find out that a game I payed $7 for couldn’t even be played. What do you think about Square Enix’s decision to block jailbroken devices? Let us know!
Source: iDownload Blog