Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Weekly Initiative, where I, helloazae, bring you some of the week’s interesting news that have caught my eye.

It has been a bit since my last post, and I apologize for the lack of content. I’ve been working on a few other things behind the scenes as well as just working altogether.

This week has been, not exactly slow but a particular bit of news caught my eye that I thought worth sharing.

1. ATLUS apologizes for Streaming Restrictions on Persona 5!

In a recent blogpost titled ‘An Update on Persona 5 and Streaming’ popular developer ATLUS has changed its tune regarding the streaming of popular JRPG Persona 5, which launched in North America and Europe earlier this month.

At the game’s initial launch on April 4th, 2017, ATLUS posted a set of streaming guidelines for players and content creators playing Persona 5 for audiences. The initial guidelines, worded in a particularly negative and threatening way, warned of harsh penalties via copyright strikes to streamers and content creators showing footage of the Persona 5 past a certain in-game date and time.

The negative reaction from fans and the industry alike has led to ATLUS’ latest post, now apologizing for their strongly worded aforementioned statement. As such ATLUS has pushed back their initial in-game stop-zone to later point in the game, asking players to instead stop streaming before the game “gears up for its final act.” The likelihood of copyright strikes however, still remains.

Source: ATLUS

After sinking over 100 hours into Persona 5 at this point, the blemish of streaming still seems to affect my perception of Persona 5’s success. It is still unfortunate that ATLUS responded the way it did, and that this new policy, while a little more lenient, does not detract from the issue of forcing paying customers to not share their progress (months after Japan’s initial release) is overly heavy-handed.

The game is still fantastic and easily the most satisfying JRPG experience fans of the genre can enjoy. Yet it is slightly marred by this strange and counterintuitive message towards the die-hard fanbase that made this series popular in North America and Europe.

Notable Releases of the Week —

1. What Remains of Edith Finch: When Edith Finch returns to her ancestral home in Orcas Island, it is to discover the truth surrounding her family’s untimely tragedies and misfortunes. Having lived a life surrounded by death, the Finch family is no stranger to the grim reality that an untimely or even mysterious demise is upon them. By exploring the now-empty house that was once filled with life, Edith learns how her family has grieved, coped, and even overcome death in their short lives. Like many narratives before it, What Remains of Edith Finch is honest and compelling. It challenges a conventional fear we all possess, fearlessly, innocently, and profoundly.