Persona 5 launched to an ocean of positive critical reception that helped introduce an entire new generation of fans to arguably the best JRPG in the last decade. The wave of excitement was somewhat broken by Atlus themselves not long after. After locking out all sharing functionality on the PS4, the developers made threats to players who dared stream the game past a certain point, prompting retaliation in the form of spoilers that they were intended to avoid entirely. They’ve since eased up, allowing you to share much more of your Persona 5 experience.
In an update to their released guidelines, Atlus acknowledged that their threatening tone was a little misguided on their part while their restrictions were also too tight. Players are now permitted to stream all the way until November in-game (just before you enter endgame territory), with the previous guidelines kicking in at around July. Atlus hasn’t revoked their threat of video strikes and copyright takedowns on videos that transgress the new rules, but at the very least they’re not sounding like maniacal evil villains anymore.
Curiously though, Atlus aren’t letting up on native PS4 sharing functionality. If you’re playing Persona 5 you still won’t be able to snap screenshots or stream from the console directly, making this change only really notable for the few players invested in capture cards. It’s still baffling, considering the developer acknowledged that it might not have understood the demand for more social interaction with the game across a variety of platforms.
Atlus’ intentions are noble, and at the end of the day, they’re fully entitled to enforce restrictions on a product that they hold rights to. But it’s still somewhat daft in an age where consoles themselves have built-in features to encourage sharing. Maybe this won’t be the last iteration of rules Persona 5 will have imposed on it.
Last Updated: April 28, 2017