Puyo Puyo Tetris, a game that is three years old in Japan and nearing a port onto PS4 and the Nintendo Switch at the end of this month, is the latest game to be struck with streaming regulations. Yes, Puyo Puyo Tetris, the three-year-old puzzle game, is being barred with streaming regulations. Persona 5, Atlus’ latest RPG that was released last September in Japan, was also slammed with restrictions at launch this week. Atlus is threatening copyright strikes onto players who stream past a certain date in the game, or show off content directly related to the story.
For Puyo Puyo Tetris’ guidelines, Sega is forbidding players from streaming anything from Adventure mode and posting any videos of gameplay for "profit" (which means, nothing on Youtube unless you're down with copyright claims). This is in addition to a couple other regulations, such as not tampering with Sega's watermarks (a perfectly reasonable request).
While Puyo Puyo Tetris doesn’t have the rampant following of Persona, this does show that Sega doesn’t play around with tightening their grasp around their properties. (Sega also acquired Atlus last year.) The regulations in Persona 5’s post-release mirrored what we saw along with our embargoed copies, most of the text even verbatim. Prior to release, this is a fairly standard agreement for press upon accepting an advance copy. "Don’t talk about the story in detail, don’t show this moment or this character, etcetera"; we’re used to it (that is, prior to release).
But to extend such guidelines and bars post-release, while players in the general public are experiencing the game for themselves, is nearly unheard of. While Puyo Puyo Chronicles for the Nintendo 3DS also had streaming restrictions in place regarding its story, we’ll see if these guidelines carry over to the west when Puyo Puyo Tetris is released on PS4 and Nintendo Switch in North America on April 25th.
UPDATE: We received an official statement on this matter from Atlus U.S.A., which you can read as follows:
"We highly encourage our American and European fans to stream the game when it comes out (there are no PS4 share button restrictions). We want them to share their experiences with the world, but we do ask them to please be conscious of revealing Adventure Mode story cutscenes."