When Persona 5 launched earlier this month, it also came with some heavy streaming restrictions. Following public outcry, it appears that publisher Atlus has had a change of heart.
"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," Atlus wrote in a blog post. "We recognise 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."
Originally, players couldn’t stream past the in-game date of July 7, which was effectively the first third. Atlus has confirmed to Eurogamer that the 90-minute limit on each recording has also been lifted.
"We also want to apologise to those of you who saw the previous guidelines blog post as threatening," Atlus said. "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."
There has in the past been a disconnect between Atlus Japan and Atlus USA’s approach to content sharing. Fans have been hit by copyright claims from the former, only to have them repealed when appealing to the latter.