Want to stream, review, or even talk about Persona 5? Be sure to follow the rules.
ATLUS recently released Persona 5 in the west, and while I’m not a fan of the series, the genre, or really Japanese games in general, something caught my attention.
Apparently, if you’re caught streaming or creating videos of Persona 5‘s content past the in-game date of July 7th, you’re going to be considered to be violating ATLUS copyright. While I can understand spoilers being a concern for a story-heavy game, ATLUS is ready to go as far as to issue content ID claims, channel strikes, or even account suspensions (their words, not mine) for recording gameplay past the date they’ve chosen.
Sharing the game is impossible through the normal share functions on the PS4, meaning smaller reviewers who don’t have capture hardware will be unable to take their own videos or screenshots. That won’t stop players with the proper hardware from taking screenshots and creating videos however, so it doesn’t really stem the tide of content all that much. Additionally, no reason has been given by ATLUS for their refusal to allow players to record content other than their “masters in Japan are very wary about it”.
It sounds like the Japanese arm of ATLUS is worried that potential players won’t buy Persona 5 if they end up watching recordings of it, which is pretty asinine if you ask me. What’s worse is that Sony apparently is willing to allow these restrictions, since they’re catering to ATLUS by letting the company lock down an entire system feature of the PS4 while the game is running.
Here are their video and streaming rules:
- You can post however many additional videos you’d like, but please limit each to be at most 90 minutes long.
- No major story spoilers, and I’ll leave that up to your good judgment. If you need some guidelines, 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.
- I know I mentioned not showing the end of each palace, but you can grab 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.
This being a Japanese title with a single-playthrough story means our masters in Japan are very wary about it. Sharing is currently blocked through the native PS4 UI. However, if you do plan on streaming, video guidelines above apply except length. 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.
What are your thoughts about this news? Is ATLUS being reasonable about their game, or is this taking their copyright license too far?
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