Atlus Gives Update on Persona 5 Streaming

Persona 5 released earlier this month to widespread critical and commercial success. Critics and fans alike praised the game for its stylish visuals and deep, emotionally charged storytelling.

There was one aspect of the game though, which really put a downer on the whole thing. Atlus had imposed a strict set of rules regarding streaming of the title. They had disabled screenshot and streaming functionality for the game and released a statement asking people not to stream the game past a certain point, and even threatened to ban players in the hopes of preventing spoilers. This act was much to the chagrin of the industry so today, Atlus gave an update on the game via a press release:

Atlus stated “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.

Atlus also ensured fans that their original intent was not to threaten players.

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.

Interestingly Atlus do not explicitly say that the banning rules no longer apply, only that the criteria have changed. Stay tuned for future updates and to see whether Atlus decide to go easy on Persona fans any time soon.