The life of a streamer can be hard, especially if you tend to be a jerk or just don't care about the rules. Some do it, though, for the love of games and general excitement, and those are the people that Atlus has fired an early warning shot at with regard to their latest release, the highly anticipated Persona 5.
In a directive issued on the company website, Atlus made it clear that it wants players to find out about the game on their own. “Simply put, we don’t want the experience to be spoiled for people who haven’t played the game. Our fans have waited years for the game to come out and we really want to make sure they can experience it fully as a totally new adventure.” They also had to wait an extra two months beyond the originally announced release date.
Streamers need to "avoid plot points and story spoilers," which really is a no-no even without the directive given that fans do want to make their own discoveries. Oh, and no boss battles or dungeons from early in the game. Aside from that, streamers can upload gameplay as long as the video is no more than 90 minutes in length.
The kicker? July 7 is the cutoff for streaming Persona 5, and in the legal vernacular, violators will be prosecuted. “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.” Note the capital letters. They are serious, folks.
Atlus has already disabled the PlayStation 4 sharing feature for the game, which started when the game was released in Japan late last year.
Let's face it. Spoilers will happen, and many are already available in written form to people that want to search for them. But Atlas is trying to stem the outpouring of "how-to" videos with precise detailed visuals of everything in the game.
Atlus promises that it doesn't plan on being cantankerously controlling with all its future games, however. “Persona 5 is a super special case for us and we’re in ongoing discussion about how our policies may evolve in the future,” the company said.
So remember, kiddies. No streaming of Persona 5 after July 7 because Atlus won't just shrug it off.