Atlus Confirms DMCA Takedown Move Against RPCS3

Emulation has been the best alternative to play games on PC, and the longing PS3 emulator, the RPCS3, has come in with progress. And a game like Persona 5 has been confirmed to be playable on the emulator. However, the creators of RPCS3 is in a tight spot right now especially when the developer of Persona 5, ATLUS, is coming after them with a DMCA takedown attempt.

Through a blog post over at ATLUS’ official website, it stated:

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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:

1. 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.

2. 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.[/alert]

The RPCS3 responded on Reddit regarding about ATLUS’ copyright claim:

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“Why Atlus would choose this time to target this project will probably never be known. We choose not to speculate about the reasons at this time and hope for there to be open communication with Atlus. We firmly believe we operate within a legal framework and will continue to work on RPCS3, undeterred.”[/alert]

Looking at the RPCS3 website and Patreon page, it’s still active. However, they have removed references of Persona 5 – in which they used to promote RPCS3.