Atlus Doesn’t Want People Streaming Persona 5
Yesterday Atlus warned players of their new game Persona 5, not to stream past a certain point in the game. Atlus has shown that they are terrified of people getting spoiled about their game. The game was released to North America first, but is now available everywhere. They are concerned that if people see to much of the game, that no one will want to buy it.
Persona 5 is a school simulator with a dungeon crawling aspect. The game has an in-game time system and you play through every day. The character you play as is a normal student by day, and a masked thief who goes by the name of Joker by night. The Persona series is known for its interesting story, and choices. It has amazing transitions and a unique art style. A lot of streamers were excited for the game to come out, but now are a little nervous.
This isn’t the first time Atlus has done this. When Personal 4: Dancing All Night came out, a lot of YouTubers were getting flagged because they were posting Let’s Plays of the game. Atlus would give every Youtuber (big or small channel) a copyright strike that could put channels out of commission for up to six months.
For small Youtubers, six months is a long time to not post any videos. They couldn’t do anything about it. They got no warnings or notices before the strike happened and it was all because they wanted to post a video of them playing a new game.
This has caused a lot of Twitch streamers and Youtubers to be nervous about playing Persona 5. Atlus released a statement yesterday talking about this issue and stated, “ If you decide to stream past 7/7 (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT DOING THIS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED), you do so at the risk of being issued a content ID claim or worse, a channel strike/account suspension.” 7/7 (April 7th) is an in game date they don’t want people going past. The date appears only about a third into the game, but we can assume because some big event happens which is why Atlus doesn’t want anyone streaming past it.
Atlus also has other rules in place for streamers and Youtubers. If you plan on posting a video you must follow these rules:
- Videos can’t be over 90 minutes long
- No major story spoilers. Avoid showing/spoiling the ending segments of the first three palaces. While you can show initial interactions with Yusuke, avoid his awakening scene, and that whole deal about THE painting. Also, don’t post anything about a certain student investigator.
- Can show footage from the Kamoshida boss fight. However, don’t capture video from the other major boss fights.
- Must not focus solely on cutscenes/animated scenes, should prominently feature dungeon crawling/spending time in Tokyo.
- You can post straight gameplay or have commentary.
If you plan on streaming the game then all the same guidelines apply, but you aren’t restricted to stay under 90 minutes in length. Atlus as also made it so that all sharing is blocked in the PS4 sharing UI. This means that you can’t take a screenshot of the game, and when you get an achievement, since the PS4 automatically takes a picture of the moment, the picture comes out black with only the achievement pop-up in the corner.
While I understand a developer not wanted a fan of their game to be spoiled about a major story plot, I do think Atlus has taken this a little too far. Streamers and Let’s Plays actually help game sales. If someone is afraid of streaming a game, then anyone who might have watched won’t get see to see the game and decide if they want to buy it or not. The game is out globally worldwide, but there’s no expiration date on those restrictions, so be careful if you plan on streaming or making a video about Persona 5.
If you want to read the Atlus announcement, here’s a link to it. LINK