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Well, that didn't take long. Barely two days after Deus Ex: The Fall's release, publisher Square Enix has already backtracked on its controversial decision to disable gunfire when playing The Fall on jailbroken devices. An update that remedies the issue is expected to appear soon.
As we reported yesterday, the measure seems to have been introduced in an effort to curb piracy of the game on iPhones, which takes place almost exclusively on jailbroken devices because of Apple's closed system. Such measures aren't uncommon, especially for PC games, but the approach Square Enix took with The Fall attracted controversy because many of its players had actually bought the game.
Earlier today, Square Enix issued a statement to Eurogamer regarding its decision:
"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.”
Ultimately, Square Enix's decision marks but another milestone in a trend that sees player protests exercising considerably more influence on the actions of game developers and publishers. The trend first made major headlines when player outrage influenced BioWare to expand the ending to Mass Effect 3 last summer, and we saw it more recently in Microsoft's decision to abandon its restrictive DRM policies for the Xbox One.
At the time of writing, the official app page for Deus Ex: The Fall still hasn't been updated with a fix, although the info panel was edited to include the information about the current gameplay restriction for jailbroken devices. Controversy aside, it's actually a pretty good game. You can read our review of Deus Ex: The Fall here.
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