Atlus Apologizes For Perceived Threat, Loosens Persona 5 Streaming Restrictions

Elizabeth Williams
April 27, 2017

This was, according to Atlus, to protect new players from spoilers, but the move was met with criticism from fans.

You may have heard a few weeks ago that Atlus was really strict in terms of people streaming/posting videos on Persona 5. Atlus didn't anticipate all of the negative press and many Persona 5 fans urged them to change their ways. This was meant to keep major story points from being spoiled for fans, but many took issue with the strict guidelines. Earlier this month, Atlus launched the eagerly awaited JRPG to rave reviews for North America, and then, preceded to ruin the celebration party in an official blog post on its site that outlined several restrictions for streaming the game.

"To our surprise, we then saw numerous reactive news articles go up...and received many emails asking us to change our Persona 5 streaming/video policy...we [have] heard your issues with the guidelines and have made a decision to revise them". Today, however, Atlus announced that it had reconsidered its stance on Persona 5 streaming regulations, and that streamers would be able to record video all the way up until the end-game date of November 19, when the game begins to prepare players for its final act.

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Atlus also addresses the issue of players facing content claims or having their channels suspended for streaming.

The publisher revised its original video guidelines for the game, laying them out in a blog post that apologized to anyone who felt "threatened" by the previous rules.

However, just like Persona 5's story was a different sort of tale from the wacky murder mystery of Persona 4 or the Men-In-Black story of Persona 3, whatever Atlus writes for Persona 6 also has to be well written, with a good message that people can empathize with. In other words, we went from one third of the game being streamable to its first eight ninths.

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