Yesterday, we told you about Eidos and Square Enix’s decision to not let jailbroken iOS devices–something that’s completely legal–play the game.
Today, however, after an apparent onslaught of media and customer complaint, Square Enix has reversed it’s choice.
In a statement to Eurogamer, the Japanese publisher said the following:
“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.”
No word on why this anti-jailbreak “feature” was added in the first place. Soon after we posted the story yesterday, the Apple iTunes App Store description had been updated with the following explanatory statement, which is still there today:
“** Please be aware, the Deus Ex: The Fall play experience is currently restricted on jail broken devices. Do not purchase if you have voided your warranty and have Jail broken your device.”
The change of heart makes sense, as no company wants to alienate its users. We don’t know when the update will take place, but will keep our eyes on it until it does.