Atlus over the years has remained a heavy force in terms of Japanese content. And up until the PlayStation 2, they’ve been pumping out Shin Megami Tensei titles on the console left and right. But suddenly, when we hit the HD generation, the team fell back almost entirely onto the portable scene. Sure, they’ve been publishing titles for the HD platforms, but none of them have been from their own internal teams. Thankfully, Atlus is finally stepping back into the console ring with their first in-house developed HD title, Catherine.
Atlus have a great reputation as an RPG developer, thanks to series such as Persona and Shin Megami Tensei. So many expected that Catherine would follow suit – however, they have gone for an action-platformer with a puzzle twist. Luckily for both you guys and me, Atlus gave a tech demo to whet our appetites, so let’s take a sneaky peak into a rather exciting game.
Catherine is an Erotic Thriller action game created by Atlus (by the same people who worked on the Shin Megami Tensei series) which has has a rather interesting localisation history with Atlus confirming that the game would never be released outside of Japan… Until they confirmed otherwise. Announced today by Atlus, the “Love is Over” limited edition set (A reference to the phrase uttered on the game over screen. And you will die, A lot) will be very… different compared to Atlus’s other LE boxsets. The boxset will come with the game, a pair of Vincent’s Boxer shorts which are worn during the puzzle sections, the empty hearts T-shirts that Catherine wears throughout the game, A Catherine pillow case (just a pillowcase, not a Daimakura) and they are all nicely collected inside a Super Sheep pizza box (an ingame reference to the bar where Vincent and his friends hang out). The special edition will be avaliable for $79.99 and it will be only be avaliable for preorder through Atlus directly because Atlus will make sure that only enough copies are made to furfill reservations. the game itself can be obtained for $59.99 however Atlus have said that anyone who preorders will recieve a soundtrack CD containing eleven tracks from the game remixed by Shoji Meguro as well as a 36 page art book (both items will also be avaliable in the special edition). The game is set for an American release on July 27th, with no word on a European release date.
No plans? T’was a lie apparently! Atlus announced this morning that Catherine is heading to North America this Summer, complete with the risqué box art on PlayStation 3. The title will be hitting both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America, so no worries on being left out of Atlus’ first HD title.
There has yet to be an English trailer, but we do get a look at the box arts and logo for the title… All of which is pretty much old. No word on if a publisher has picked the title up for Europe yet.
Atlus’ first HD title, Catherine, definitely has caught the eyes of quite a few with its sexual themes and…Well, for just being plain weird. So, when will be getting our hands on a English release for the title? Well, not right now that’s for sure.
BeefJack Games contacted Atlus about the title and got a reply from a represenative of the publisher. “Catherine is a Japan-only game and there are no plans for a NA release at this time. Sorry about that!”
Of course, the key phrase to note there is “at this time.” The title just launched in Japan, so it could be awhile till Atlus is ready for an official announcement.
Atlus is pretty good about localizing most of the titles they launch in Japan. Although the heavy sexual themes could possibly be working against the title. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Meanwhile, Atlus will be launching The Cursed Crusade this Summer! That’s kind of like Catherine, right?
The highly anticipated game from the Persona team, Catherine, came out in japan last week. The game has adventure aspects wrapped around a verticle platforming block puzzle game. According to many Japanese and American players the game is just too hard. Most people playing are interested in the story aspects and apparently Atlus made the puzzle bits excruciatingly hard even on easy. Luckily Atlus is going to release a patch to address the difficulty soon. I understand people don’t want to be frustrated by a game, but I think they should leave the original difficulty options in there for someone who want’s that challenge.
Anger, lots of anger… at least on Katherine’s part.
Atlus has released a new trailer for their upcoming title Catherine and in it, Katherine finds out the main character is cheating on her with Catherine. Rage ensues.
But there is more than just raging here. There’s also a look at some more of the Nightmare gameplay, complete with giant babies, butts with tongues and eyes, and plenty more bizarre creatures.
Catherine is scheduled next month in Japan on both Xbox 360 and PS3. We have yet to hear any details on a North America or European release.
Catherine has been on my radar ever since it was first announced as the next game from the Persona team. So far all we have been given are bit’s and pieces that lead up to some sort of Social life based Erotic Horror game. Heavy on story and light on gameplay. Today we get our first glimpse of how the “action” portions of the game will play out. It looks like a traversal based puzzle game where you can move blocks and have to find the fastest way up the tower to avoid a demonic lady in a wedding dress with a giant fork.
Check out the full video after the jump.
Famitsu often releases DX Pack issue’s of their magazine in Japan that come with extra goodies. This time it’s revolved around Atlus’s next big release Catherine. The pack comes with the standard Artbook and CD that will already be coming with every copy of the game, but it also includes 3 posters, an arm cushion, and telephone card featuring original artwork. This stuff all sounds great and as I look foward to the announcement of an english release of this game I just hope we get the CD atleast.
In case you aren’t familiar with Catherine. It’s the new game from the creators of Persona 4 and has been dubbed a horror action game with erotic themes.
More details have come out about exactly what you might be doing in the Persona 3 creator headed Atlus game Catherine. Apparently Vincent has a girlfriend named Katherine whom he cheats on with Catherine. He then begins having nightmares where he has to climb stairs to escape death.
It will also have your actions determining the end of the story and who Vincent ends up with and what happens to him.