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

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Want to upload Persona 5 Strikers' excellent opening cutscene to YouTube without those scary copyright laws lurking around the corner? Just recreate the entire thing using copyright-free images to the tune of an anarchic kazoo.

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

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 (opens in new tab)—hell, even Twitch censored their own stream (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), and it's the canonical sequel to a game we don't even have on PC yet. (opens in new tab)C'mon Atlus, you've got no excuse to leave us out of the Persona 5 goodness now.

Mollie Taylor
Features Producer

Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.