Trials of Mana PC Demo Pulled After Players Accessed Full Game

The PC demo for Trials of Mana has been pulled from Steam after an exploit was found that let players access the full game from within.The news was revealed in an announcement post on the Trials of Mana Steam Community page, where the developers didn’t address the specifics of the exploit, citing “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason behind taking the demo down. In the comments below, many users are pointing out that hackers were able to bypass the restrictions of the demo to play the full game. There is no mention of a revised release date for the demo, but the developers made note that they “hope to have it back up again very soon.”

Player progression within the now-pulled demo will be carried over into the new revision, so you can get back to where you left off once Square Enix fixes the exploit. If you own a PS4 or Nintendo Switch, you could play the demo on those platforms instead for the time being.It’s important to note that the game is already available on PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch – it launched on April 24th, last week, and this exploit was caught after the game’s release.

It’s not clear at time of writing how players were using the demo version to play the full game, but many comments make mention of Denuvo anti-tamper, a DRM (digital rights management) solution.

This isn’t the first instance of a demo being taken down due to an exploit leading players to the full game – back in 2018, Sega was forced to spike the demo for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life from the US PlayStation Store after users were exploiting it to access the full game. For more on Trials of Mana, check out our review, which we called “a great remake of a 16-bit classic.”

Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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