ATLUS issues takedown notice against PS3 emulator group RPCS3

Matt Sayer 27 September 2017 NEWS


Playing Persona 5 on the PC is not something ATLUS wants you to do right now.

RPCS3, the open-source PS3 emulator for the PC that has been gaining traction in the last year, has today taken a hit from the publisher ATLUS. ATLUS has issued a DMCA takedown notice against the emulator, forcing the group behind it to remove all mention of ATLUS's JRPG Persona 5, including its listing as a compatible title with the emulator, from the RPCS3 website.

Following up the takedown notice, ATLUS released a statement clarifying its intentions.

We believe that our fans best experience our titles (like Persona 5) on the actual platforms for which they are developed. We don’t want their first experiences to be framerate drops, or crashes, or other issues that can crop up in emulation that we have not personally overseen."

ATLUS also recognised that many fans have been clamouring for a PC version of Persona 5, and despite having nothing to announce on that front at this time, it promised that it's well aware of the demand and is listening closely.


This isn't the first time ATLUS has taken steps to control the messaging surrounding its games. When Persona 5 released earlier this year, the publisher issued a warning to anyone who streamed video of the game past a specific in-game date, threatening any who did so with a content ID strike that could potentially suspend their YouTube or other streaming account.

While the legality and ethics behind emulators is fickle at best, it's still a surprise to see a company other than Nintendo take such strong action against it. We'll have to wait and see if it sets a precedent for other studios in the future.

In related news, an EU study found no link between piracy and reduced sales, and Sony is giving away real-life Platinum Trophies.

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