In the digital age we live in, there’s a constant fight against all manner of things showing up on the internet. For video games, the biggest things developers fear are leaks, spoilers and of course, their games being pirated. Because of this, developers sometimes take drastic measures in order to “keep the game safe,” or to keep the player from seeing something they don’t want to see until they play the game themselves. It was this intent that led developer Atlus to restrict video/streaming content for Persona 5, and players weren’t happy.
To be clear, Atlus just wanted to make sure that a wealth of videos didn’t show online spoiling the plot of the game, especially the ending, and thus made these restrictions. But in doing so, they apparently came off as both very threatening (in regards to shutting them down via copyright acts) and incredibly restrictive in some aspects of what you can and can’t show.
A major backlash came from fans and numerous websites, and now Atlus believes they made a mistake, and thus offered an apology, as well as some revisions to their rules. Now you can share content for the game up until the in-game date of 11/19, which is basically 4 months worth of content that can be viewed and streamed. The reason they picked this date is because this where the game goes into the final act, which Atlus states they still don’t players to stream and post.
They apologize for any misconceptions about the original guidelines. They were just trying to keep the sanctity of the game safe while also shielding players from spoilers they might not have wanted to see. But, they realize that it’s because of the fans that Persona 5 is the hit that it is, and that you the fans are the reason Persona is a beloved franchise, so they feel it’s only fair to give more leeway.
Will you be doing videos or streaming Persona 5 now with these new rules? Let us know in the comments below!