Deus Ex: The Fall is the latest title in the Deus Ex franchise and it recently launched on iOS devices for the sum of £4.99. There was some backlash when the game was first announced but that eventually died down. However, it looks like a whole new storm is going to break.
A member of Reddit, going by the username KipEnyan, posted a screenshot on the site that contained a message that stated firing weapons was not available on jailbroken devices.
This restriction is only apparent after a person has already paid for the game. The message itself doesn’t appear until part way through the tutorial. This is also a rather presumptuous move by Square Enix who seem to believe that anyone who has jailbroken their phone,not illegal by the way, is going to download apps for free.
I could understand if this was a restriction placed in pirated copies of Deus Ex: The Fall, which would be a good choice. I mean who can forget the giant, invincible pink scorpion present in pirated copies of Serious Sam 3? That’s fine. However putting such a restriction in a game people have paid for, therefore rendering it useless in some cases, could be considered a serious breach of consumer rights and law.
It’s currently unclear what Square Enix will do in response to this situation. The sensible thing would be to remove the offending restriction from legitimate copies. Or offer refunds to those who bought the game and couldn’t play it.