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Remember, jailbreaking your iPhone is legal: Square Enix to remove Deus Ex DRM

Remember, jailbreaking your iPhone is legal: Square Enix to remove Deus Ex DRM

The just-released Deus Ex: The Fall for mobile devices comes with a fun surprise: If you have a jailbroken iPad or iPhone, you won’t be able to fire your gun. This is likely a misguided attempt to punish those who have devices that could potentially pirate games, and affects everyone regardless of whether they purchased the game legally or pirated it.

It didn’t take long for players to find a workaround, but the fact that this limitation is in the game at all is galling. It’s actually legal to jailbreak your phone, although it’s still against the DMCA to jailbreak your tablet. So there are players out there who have legally modified their devices, bought the game in a legitimate fashion, and weren’t able to play because Square Enix was afraid of potential piracy.

“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,” a Square Enix representative told the Penny Arcade Report.

“We feel it is the right thing to do in this situation and apologize 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 so regardless of whether their device is jailbroken or not,” they continued. “As soon as this update is live we will communicate this via the Eidos Montreal Community channels”

It’s nice to know this limitation is being removed, but it should never have been added in the first place. It’s one thing to attack those who have pirated your game, it’s quite another to go after people who simply have the ability to do so, especially when that ability is protected by the law.