Atlus Says Persona 4 Golden Is a Success on Steam, Asks Players Not to Share the Ending

Atlus Says Persona 4 Golden Is a Success on Steam, Asks Players Not to Share the Ending

Sure, Golden was a Vita exclusive, but it *did* come out eight years ago…

For a series as beloved as Persona, bringing a hard-to-find entry to a wider audience is a big deal. With the surprise launch of Persona 4 Golden on PC, it could hardly be leaping a wider availability gap: here's a PlayStation Vita exclusive making its way to the biggest PC storefront. Apparently, the launch has gone quite well, but Atlus is also concerned that folks are going to get spoiled on this eight-year-old game.

"From everyone at Atlus, we would like to thank the entire Persona 4 Golden community who have enthusiastically made this Steam launch a success," reads a new statement posted to Atlus' official Twitter. Without sales figures from Atlus there's only so much to say about just how well Persona 4 Golden's PC launch went, but we can see a few helpful indicators. It's currently sitting at an "Overwhelmingly Positive" user rating with over 10,000 reviews logged, and third-party stats platform SteamDB says the port has reached a peak concurrent player count just shy of 30,000 people.

In the statement, Atlus goes on to ask that players exercise some restraint when it comes to streaming or uploading footage of the game, even though it's "been out for a few years now, for some" on the Vita. "Due to the game's narrative nature, we ask that you refrain from sharing the ending, and to please insert a spoiler warning for any critical cutscene/s you wish to upload or stream."

At the moment, this is just a friendly request from Atlus that expresses concern for folks who want a clean slate while playing Persona 4 Golden for the first time. That's an understandable thing to ask, but it does hew close to the harsh streaming guidelines issued with Persona 5's U.S. debut, which the company later apologized for and walked back a bit.

Persona 4 Golden was released back in 2012, and even though it was Vita bound, it's not hard to find full video walkthroughs of its original release. How to handle spoilers for brand new games has long been a fraught topic, but it'd be hard to blame any streamer for thinking it's okay to go right ahead and finish a game that's this old for their audience.

For more on Persona 4 Golden's PC port, check out Senior Editor Caty McCarthy's thoughts on how the included Japanese audio and other features add to its top-class RPG package.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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