Monday, 25 Jan 2021

SMT3 Is 17 Years Old And Atlus Still Won’t Let You Stream The Ending For Nocturne HD

Atlus recently announced that it will enforce strict guidelines for streaming Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne: HD Remaster, as it doesn’t want players showing footage of the final boss or end of any of the routes in the game, even though it’s 17 years old.

Nocturne HD is a remastered version of a game that was originally released for the PS2 back in 2003. It starts in contemporary Japan, just as the world is ending and a variety of monsters from mythology are brought to life. The main character is a regular teenage boy, who is given the powers of a demon, transforming him into the Demi-Fiend. It’s up to this boy to determine the fate of the new Earth, which involves binding angels and devils alike to his will. Nocturne HD will add new content to the original game, and will once again feature Dante from the Devil May Cry series. This time, however, he’s only available via DLC.

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Nocturne HD is old enough to drive, but that doesn’t mean Atlus wants you spoiling its endings or final encounter. The streaming guidelines for Nocturne HD were recently added to Atlus’s official website, as the game is due to be released in Japan at the end of the week. It bears mentioning that the international version of Nocturne HD is coming in 2021, but the guidelines will likely be the same for all regions. Atlus is asking fans not to show any images or stream any video of the final bosses or endings to any of the routes in Nocturne HD. These restrictions are similar to the ones for Persona 5 Scramble.

Along with the request to not show any footage relating to the ending, Atlus has also listed a range of other requirements for streaming. Any Nocturne HD scenes with content that could be perceived as a spoiler should be labeled as such. On top of that, the footage should clearly display Atlus’ copyright stamp, and scenes that only include music shouldn’t be broadcast whatsoever. According to Atlus, it expects people to respond immediately if asked to take down a video, regardless of the reason provided.

It makes sense for developers to want fans to refrain from spoiling new games, but Nocturne HD is based on a game from the PS2 era, and its endings have been on YouTube for years. It would be one thing if Nocturne HD had new endings, but Atlus hasn’t mentioned any, and that would be a major selling point for fans of the original game. Atlus has a reputation for being heavy-handed with streaming regulations for its games, but this is only harmful to the company itself. It makes its titles less attractive to popular streamers, no matter how good they are, and is pretty archaic in a world where streaming has become the norm.

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Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne HD Remaster is coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4 in 2021.

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