Today in a blog post publisher Atlus set guidelines for all who stream or create video content for the recently released Persona 5.
It has already been known that the native PS4 share options (screenshots, video, and streaming) are disabled for Persona 5. Now the publisher is setting guidelines for anyone who creates content about the game or captures game footage using an external device.
They state that any discussion about the game should be done broadly and not mention specific plot points. A good example provided by Atlus is “The game deals with dark themes right off the bat, with a lecherous teacher and other corrupted individuals”. While a bad example would be mentioning exactly what that teacher did and what it led to.
For video content they gave the following guidelines:
- 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.
In regards to streaming, Atlus stated that they do not want anyone to stream past the in-game date of 7/7 and warn anyone who does may be issued a content ID claim, channel strike or account suspension. Here are their exact words without any changes to format:
“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.”
According to Atlus, the reasoning behind these actions is that Persona 5 is a very story focused game that many have been waiting for since 2013 and video/streaming content may ruin the experience.
Despite the harsh policy, Atlus does seem willing to change and may not apply the same guidelines to other games. “Persona 5 is a super special case for us and we’re in ongoing discussion about how our policies may evolve in the future.”
Given the highly negative reaction on twitter and the ongoing negativity surrounding similar policy from game companies like Nintendo expect to hear more on this story. This goes doubly so if they follow through with enforcement.