This is how Persona 5 Strikers would look if everything was from Shutterstock

This is how Persona 5 Strikers would look if everything was from Shutterstock

I guess you could call it Persona 5... Copyright Strikers *CSI Miami intensifies*

Wᴀɴt ᴛᴏ ᴜᴘload Persᴏɴa 5 Strikers' exᴄᴇʟʟent ᴏᴘᴇɴɪɴg ᴄᴜᴛscene ᴛᴏ YouTuʙᴇ wɪᴛhᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ sᴄᴀʀy ᴄᴏᴘʏʀɪɢʜᴛ ʟᴀᴡs lurkɪɴg aʀᴏᴜɴᴅ tʜᴇ ᴄᴏʀɴer? Jᴜst recreᴀᴛe tʜᴇ enᴛɪʀᴇ thɪɴg ᴜsɪɴg ᴄᴏᴘʏʀɪɢʜᴛ-ꜰʀᴇᴇ imᴀɢᴇs ᴛᴏ tʜᴇ tune ᴏꜰ ᴀɴ ᴀɴarchic kazoo.

Veteran Persona fans might recognise this as the work of YouTuber FilthyRamenKing, who also did the copyright-free intros for Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal, as well as giving the Persona 5 anime opening a much more realistic janky coat of paint.

Credit's due where credit's due, the copyright-free version is strikingly similar to Atlus's higher-budget endeavour. The whole gang's here, introduced in the glorious Comic Sans font—Ryuji gets a sweet Party City skeleton getup, Yusuke's painter aesthetic is 100% accurate and Morgana is now an adult man in a cat costume. Oh, and the mighty Arsène is now a parrot. It's a work of art that puts the Sayuri to shame.

It's all very tongue-in-cheek, but the impact of DMCA takedowns on platforms like YouTube and Twitch are rife and pretty well documented—hell, even Twitch censored their own stream of Metallica performing at Blizzcon with royalty-free music that wouldn't be amiss in a beauty guru's lipstick montage.

Persona 5 Strikers is out now, and it's the canonical sequel to a game we don't even have on PC yet. C'mon Atlus, you've got no excuse to leave us out of the Persona 5 goodness now.

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