No this is not a click-bait article and yes that last part is in all caps. The sad truth of this posting is the fact that while streamers and LP’s of the much loved, Persona 5 are allowed, they are held back by lofty restrictions such as not showing footage past the in-game date of 7/7; furthermore, if you pass that date and stream, expect a copyright strike or two.
While we understand that Atlus is wishing to protect individuals from spoiler based material and to help sales of their title, it makes no sense in alienating a large portion of players and individuals who have NEVER played a JRPG or Persona game before. Sure, the worry that they won’t buy the game and will just simply settle with watching someone else play game is a warranted concern. What isn’t warranted is attacking your fan-base with copyright claims for trying to spread positive interest in a much loved title. It’s like saying, “Hey glad you got our game, but if you show your friend I am having you arrested for murderous intent.” It honestly frustrates me to no end.
We were so thrilled to own a current Persona title and to be able to stream our experience with you all; that was until I read Atlus’s official post on the matter. I would be a liar in not expressing my frustration and anger with a decision like that. Sure, I can still stream up until 7/7 and show the boss fight for the first palace, but beyond that What’s the point? You pretty much cannot show much of anything else for fear of backlash from a company we all adore. It simply doesn’t make practical sense; yes it makes logical sense in preserving a spoiler free environment for everyone and helps boost game sales due to lack of proper, informative content.
I am hopeful that there will be some sort of positive change in this stance further away from the games release date. It is frankly hard to a bit disenchanted by a studio I adored for making quality games. Sure it is a small issue and not many individuals stream, but it still feels like a bit of a slap to the face. Nevertheless, we will be posting a review of the game as soon as we progress far enough into the main story and I will have nothing but positive impressions to share with you all.
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