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Atlus Shrugs, Loosens Persona 5 Streaming Guidelines

After fan outcry, the publisher relents and adds four more months to the original in-game dated deadline to stop streaming the game. 

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Atlus had the best of intentions when it issued guidelines and a directive to gamers about streaming its highly anticipated Persona 5. It didn't want streamers to put everything online, including plot-point spoilers, that might ruin the game for people that wanted to experience it on their own. Apparently, the fans want the game spoiled.

In a new directive, the company has backed down from its drop-dead "I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT DOING THIS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" end-of-streaming date of July 7, and instead has extended the in-game date of 11/19, as the story prepares for the final act. No posting of video or streaming" will be allowed past that in-game date. 

"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," Atlus said in a post on the official site. "However, we also heard your issues with the guidelines and have decided to revise them."

Apparently, some fans saw the deadline as antagonistic, something that Atlus apologized for. "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," it said.

Kudos to Atlus for the transparency as well as the rather quick mea culpa to its previous guidelines. It's a positive example of a company working with its community and treating them as individuals rather than just open wallets.

Contributing Editor

From The Chatty

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    April 26, 2017 3:30 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Atlus Shrugs, Loosens Persona 5 Streaming Guidelines

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      April 26, 2017 3:39 PM

      The big thing for me is restrictions on screenshots. If a game looks great I really like taking screenshots. I did like 1000 for BotW and I suspect I'd have done a ton for P5 if they'd just allow it.

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      April 26, 2017 3:40 PM

      John, you nailed it with the headline. Well done.

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      April 26, 2017 3:41 PM

      They must have realized Giant Bomb isn't doing another Endurance Run.

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      April 26, 2017 3:44 PM

      Man, this headline is good.

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      April 26, 2017 3:52 PM

      Ha. Great headline.

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      April 26, 2017 3:54 PM

      Thanks Everyone ;) It was a good writing day for creativity and snark.

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        April 26, 2017 4:29 PM

        Let the snarkyness flow!

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          April 26, 2017 5:11 PM

          A cynical approach can be good for brand identity. Look at Rock Paper Shotgun--I love their writing style!

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        April 26, 2017 7:30 PM

        crushed it.

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      April 26, 2017 5:16 PM

      Yes, most of my stories are offering a bit of commentary with the news. I've changed my Twitter handle to The Curmudgeon (still @keefinator though). Started about a month or so ago.

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      April 26, 2017 5:22 PM

      Who didn't see this COMIIIIIIIIING