Anyone who has played Atlus games on Twitch or YouTube is well-aware of this, but Atlus kind of sucks. Not that their games are bad, far from it. It’s just that they have an extremely backwards and unfulfilling view of content creation surrounding their games. The Persona series has been plagued by this problem for years, as Atlus has tried to heavily clamp down on videos about their games. But with Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster, things look to be as bad as ever.
The developer has released the media distribution guidelines for the game, which amount to the policy about making videos and other content about the game. In short, it’s bad. The obvious hits are all there, restrictions for spoilers and the like obviously. There are also restrictions on reusing footage which make sense. But Atlus didn’t stop there. The company even included stipulations that you can only make content about the game for personal use.
It’s kind of unclear what this means, as the tone seems to suggest you can’t make money directly from the game footage, meaning you shouldn’t try to monetize videos about it. So basically, you would be able to stream it or create content, you just can’t place ads on said videos. You also cannot charge for access to the videos. so no Patreon either. Atlus can also stop you from making videos and other content at any time with a simple request.
This is all really standard Atlus nonsense though, and it’s kind of sad. It really doesn’t make any sense that the company is still like this after more than a decade. The new Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster is based on a game from nearly 20 years ago, it’s kind of nuts that Atlus wants to lock it down so heavily.
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on October 29, 2020 in Japan, China, and South Korea. A western port is expected sometime in Spring 2021.
You can find the full media policy down below.
SMT III HD is a remastered work of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, which was originally released in 2003, but for some customers this will be their first time playing it.
In order for as many customers as possible to enjoy the game, we ask for consideration when it comes to spoilers.
Particularly, please refrain from releasing images and videos of the final boss battles and ending events of each route.
- Using or distributing images or videos of this game on online services is only permitted for personal use.
- When posting content that relates to the story, like an event scene, don’t take away the enjoyment of other customers. Please clearly indicate that story content is included.
Copyright Notice Request
Posting and delivering content is allowed at the condition that the copyright holder is clarified: ©ATLUS ©SEGA
- Please do not reuse others’ gameplay footage.
- Please do not release content that is only music data like BGM for purposes that are only for listening to it.
- Please refrain from using sites and services that require payment to access browse as they can be considered for commercial purposes.
- Please do not act in a way to slander a third party, including a specific player.
- If there is a request from us, regardless of the reason, please stop releasing videos immediately. Additionally, we may delete videos and suspend live streams that we deem inappropriate. We may not be able to answer any inquiries regarding the reasons for this, so please be forewarned.
- Regarding videos, we do not make any guarantees whatsoever when it comes to infringing the rights of third parties. Additionally, we will not indemnify any damage or conflict with third parties that arise as a result of the distribution of such a video.