The developers of the latest PS3 emulator RPCS3 keep on name dropping Persona 5 on their Patreon page and Atlus don’t want any of that shit.
The developer Nekotekina has made a Patreon page to support the development of a PS3 emulator for your PC. They insist it isn’t for doing anything illegal, there is nothing illegal about trying to reproduce a console on PC, is there?
So what yard stick do you use to measure progress of how this emulator is coming along? By of course using homebrew games, the only reason anyone ever emulates or cracks anything!
Nah not really, they are using the playability of commercial games illegally circumventing the Playstation platform to be played for free on your PC. Nice.
On their current Patreon page the examples you can see are a little screen grab of Dead Space, one of Demon’s Souls and a video of Red Dead Redemption to name a few. So absolutely nothing illegal going on here, nope. I’m sure they own all those games in real life, they just want to play a game they already own in a more convenient format (doesn’t make it any less illegal or shitty by the way).
Atlus (rightly) didn’t appreciate their triple A title being used as a yard stick for how successfully these guys had broken in to the PS3 system. So along they came and told Nekotekina to remove all mentions of Persona off of the page. They said:
“The PS3 emulator itself is not infringing on our copyrights and trademarks; however, no version of the P5 game should be playable on this platform; and [the RPCS3] developers are infringing on our IP by making such games playable”
They basically turned a blind eye to the fact that this purely exists to steal games and didn’t rat them out or blow them up but just asked if they would remove Persona 5 from the page. Nekotekina pushed back a bit, before Patreon stepped in and told them to sort their shit out.
Since this went down earlier this week; Atlus have released the following statement:
You might have heard earlier today that we issued a DMCA takedown notice involving emulation developer group RPCS3 and their Patreon page. Yes, it’s true. We settled upon this action for two reasons:
- 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. 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! For now, the best way to experience Persona 5 is on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
- We appreciate the awareness generated by the emulation community for Persona 5 and know that it is a fantastic example of how much people are loving our game. We want to keep bringing you titles like Persona 5. Unfortunately, when our content is illegally circumvented and potentially made available for free, in a format we do not think delivers the experience and quality we intend, it undermines our ability to do so by diverting potential support from new audiences.
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.
As far as Im concerned, this is totally fair enough. If I was them I would have got Sony’s lawyers to figure out a way to shut it down, but I rule with an iron fist.
The RPCS3 developers are currently earning over $3000 a month on their Patreon page (I’m not going to link it, here is ours instead) so if you would like to check it out, you can google it mate.