Publishers and developers take all kinds of steps to try and combat piracy, some logical, some overboard. In the case of Square Enix’s recent iOS release of Deus Ex: The Fall, the publisher has gone to quite the extreme. On jailbroken iPhones and iPads, the game’s guns don’t fire, rending the title more or less unplayable.
As you can see in the screenshot above captured by a Reddit user, it says “We are sorry but you can’t fire on jailbroken devices.” You are NOT sorry, Square Enix. Not sorry at all.
As a post on Eurogamer points out, it’s totally legal to jailbreak a phone in the United States (and though it’s not been explicitly made legal for tablets, I’d imagine that pursuing legal action against those who’ve done the same on a tablet would be fruitless). Moreover, jailbreaking a device does NOT mean that you’re using it for pirated games and software—merely that you’re looking to customize the experience in a way that the device creator didn’t intend.
That Square Enix would do this is pretty lame, though not terribly surprising given that its experience has been almost exclusively in creating games for consoles. When those are “jailbroken” or modded, you can rest assured that it’s to play pirated games. But on mobile devices? Come on, you guys.