In a somewhat backwards looking step, Atlus has told streamers that they face action should they stream too much of RPG hit Persona 5.
“We don’t want the experience to be spoiled for people who haven’t played the game,” Atlus USA said. “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.
“This being a Japanese title with a single-playthrough story means our masters in Japan are very wary about it. Sharing is currently blocked through the native PS4 UI. However, if you do plan on streaming, video guidelines above apply except length. If you decide to stream past [the in-game date of July 7th] you do so at the risk of being issued a content ID claim or worse, a channel strike/account suspension.
"I highly recommend not doing this, you have been warned."
The policies seem at odds with the modern world of online games coverage, where virtually complete 100 per cent knowledge of all major releases is available around or shortly after release. Typically folks who don’t want spoilers have become accustomed at avoiding them. Furthermore, but cutting off streamers the publisher is immediately reducing the game’s potential exposure.
Atlus does at least acknowledge that its stance may be unusually heavy handed, adding: “Persona 5 is a super special case for us and we’re in ongoing discussion about how our policies may evolve in the future.”
So what are streamers permitted to show? A set of somewhat arbitrary rules has been laid out, including limiting videos to 90 minutes and blocking any boss fights aside from Kamoshida.
Other rules, such as “no major story spoilers” or “must not focus solely on cutscenes/animated scenes, should prominently feature dungeon crawling/spending time in Tokyo” are incredibly vague.
As an example it cites the following: “Good example: ‘The game deals with dark themes right off the bat, with a lecherous teacher and other corrupted individuals.’ Bad example: ‘Players immediately run into trouble with the pervy teacher *spoiler*, whose actions go so far as to cause *spoiler*.’)