Yesterday, developers Atlus issued a DMCA takedown notice against the Patreon page of a group who had made their latest game, Persona 5, playable on PC via a PlayStation 3 emulator. And yet, all may not be lost for those who would like to see the game come to our platform.
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In a statement, Atlus say they issued the takedown because they don’t want fans’ first experiences of their games to involve framerate drops, crashes, and other platform-sensitive bugs arising from emulation. Running on the emulator in question, Persona 5 suffered from these issues, as you can see in this footage.
However, it sounds very much like Atlus are willing to port the game, if they can be convinced that the market is there:
“We understand that many Persona fans would love to see a PC version. And while we don’t have anything to announce today, we are listening! [...]
“We want to continue having a dialogue about where and how you would like to play our games. Please let us know what you think.”
This follows statements from Sega at E3 this year, which suggested none of Atlus USA's back catalogue was off the table for a PC port (Atlus USA merged with Sega of America last year, meaning Sega took over publishing duties in North America).
Persona is a series of narrative urban fantasy RPGs, with angsty high school teen drama by day and allegorical dungeon-crawling at night. Its latest instalment, Persona 5, earned strong reviews on its worldwide release in April this year.
As for the emulator's Patreon takedown, developers RPCS3 posted their version of events on Reddit. After advice from Patreon to delete all references to Persona 3 from their page, it's still live, and the situation appears resolved, for now.