Deus Ex: The Fall caused a lot of buzz when it arrived on iOS a earlier this week, but not for all the right reasons. No sooner had it been launched then it was discovered the game had inbuilt jailbreak detection that stopped gamers from being able to fire with jailbroken devices. Needless to say, that didn’t go down well.
The developers confirmed yesterday that it has since changes its mind, and that it is sorry for not making it clear beforehand:
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.”
While I do somewhat understand why the developers built the restriction in to the game to begin with, it’s still a little confusing. In the past, most jailbreakers did so to get their hands on free/pirated apps. Developers – like Square Enix – don’t like that someone could be ripping off their content, and so make the game unplayable on a device which could potentially have acquired the game illegally. However, having only been on the App Store a couple of days, the chances of that happening were slim, and in fact – these days – most jailbreak fans do so to customize and add tweaks to their devices.
It does pose the question though: How can a developer create in-app restrictions for jailbroken devices in such a way that it can “tell” if it’s been downloaded from the App Store or through a non-authorized service?
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