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Friday, July 12, 2013, 02:53 pm PT (05:53 pm ET)

Square Enix changes stance, will remove 'Deus Ex: The Fall' jailbreak restriction

Square Enix, publisher of iOS action role-playing game Deus Ex, has decided to remove an in-game limitation that would disable a user's ability to fire a weapon if the title was installed on a jailbroken device.

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Screenshot taken from jailbroken iOS device.


It was reported Thursday that Square Enix's Deus Ex: The Fall, an extension of the company's popular Deus Ex franchise, instituted a restriction that would disallow players with jailbroken iOS devices from shooting guns, effectively hobbling the game.

The company apparently had a change of heart, and plans to reinstate the crucial feature in a forthcoming update.

Gamers noted that the publisher didn't state the limitation on the app's download page, and would only be shown the above warning message after purchasing and opening the title.

Square issued the following statement 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.”

As of this writing, Deus Ex: The Fall has yet to be updated, though a new warning regarding the restriction has been added to the app's description. The title can be purchased from the App Store for $7.