Fans of the iOS game Monster Hunter Freedom Unite were extremely unhappy about the game not being updated or working on iOS 9. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is an action RPG game which bills itself as “The world’s most exciting hunting action game.” When you play in single- or multi-player modes, you get to shoot to kill big, scary monsters. The game is described as “Whether you’re a rookie or veteran hunter, intuitive touch controls will help you tackle the biggest, baddest monsters out there. Let the hunt begin!”
Developer Capcom announced it wouldn’t be fixing the game and didn’t care that it had been broken by the iOS 9 update. “This application is not compatible with iOS 9 (including the Beta),” says the game’s App Store page. “There are currently no plans to update this application in the future. Please keep this in mind when updating your OS.” Capcom’s flippant decision to cease updating didn’t make much sense. When developers are making an iOS game, it’s obvious that Apple will continue to improve, update and fix its operating system. Updates are simply a way of life, not something to make a reputable developer simply throw up their hands and give up.
This was especially galling since it was always in the top 20 paid apps in the Japanese App Store, but the company was essentially claiming it couldn’t afford to update. The game cost $14.99 in the App Store, which is not exactly a bargain. Further complicating life for gamers who rely on the App Store is Apple’s policy of erasing gaming software from your purchase history if it is later pulled from the App Store. This means that if a company like EA removes games from the App Store to update them, you can no longer run your games. Some developers have taken to including an encryption key with their software in order to protect gamers’ right to play.
This situation is not unique to Apple, since players have had difficulties getting their games to work with Windows 7. However, the solution with Windows includes allowing games to use fan-made patches. Apple provides for no such solution.
Although Capcom has since said it might fix the game sometime in the spring of 2016, you don’t need to wait forever for their “maybe” update. You can fix the game now if you run a jailbroken device.
A user on r/iOSgaming says that if you install a new Cydia tweak called Monster Hunter, you can implement a backdoor fix. IOS9MonsterHunter is a Cydia tweak that is supposed to do two things: First, it makes the game work on iOS 9. Second, it adds cheats into the game. The author is user c7c. The fact that a random user was able to create a fix adds more suspicion into Capcom’s action, since updating the game is clearly not all that hard.
The cheats can be disabled.
- Show Health
- Infinite Health
- Infinite Stamina
- Show Map
- Configure options from Settings
You can download IOS9MonsterHunter from the Big Boss Repo.
Download link is here.
The tweak is free and was last updated on January 12, 2016.