When Atlus launched Persona 5, they implemented some pretty strict guidelines as to what parts of the game could be livestreamed. Many fans weren’t happy, and still we streamed the entire game for our review (expect it very shortly!).
Now, the Japanese developer has issued an apology for their stranglehold over the game’s ability to be shared and livestreamed, and they’re now expanding what you can broadcast from the game.
Originally you couldn’t broadcast anything from the game beyond the 7/7 date – now they’ve expanded this to the 11/19 date, which is where the story picks up for the final arc.
Here’s their full apology:
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.