As Persona 5 launched, word quickly spread regarding Atlus’ super-strict streaming and sharing policies. They were blocking everything natively on the PlayStation 4, and those who streamed after a certain in-game date would face copyright strikes.
The community wasn’t too happy, to Atlus did what all great developers do… they listened.
The company loosened their grip a bit and decided to let people stream up until the final act of the game, once again wary of spoilers. They also issued an apology.
Here’s the statement in full, it’s a good one
Here’s all of what Atlus had to say. You should read it.
When Persona 5 launched, we put out a set of video/streaming guidelines that we hoped would limit online spoilers for fans who have yet to play the game.
To our surprise, we then saw numerous reactive news articles go up, opinion videos post, and received many emails asking us to please change our Persona 5 streaming/video policy. We recognize that our fans are the reason why the game is the major worldwide success it is, and we continue to want them to be able to enjoy the game without fear of being spoiled. However, we also heard your issues with the guidelines and have decided to revise them. Because we want to give players the most access to the game while respecting the original goal, we’re now asking players to refrain from streaming or posting video past the end of the in-game date of 11/19—when the main story gears up for the final act.
We also want to apologize to those of you who saw the previous guidelines blog post as threatening. We want to be transparent about what we do, and the reason we released the guidelines was to give streamers the right information up front. It was never our intention to threaten people with copyright strikes, but we clearly chose the wrong tone for how to communicate this.
Lastly, we want to thank our fans around the world for supporting Persona 5 and ATLUS. The game is a global success because of your passion for the series, and we’re happy that so many of you are enjoying it.
Persona 5 is out now on then PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.