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Catherine Is Coming

Atlus confirms summertime release for Vincent's love triangle nightmare.


  It's got ESRB RP ratings and everything!
Welp, I figured we wouldn't hear about this until E3 and that a holiday release made more sense, but Atlus ain't messing around. The publisher has launched a North American site devoted to a domestic release of Catherine, the Japanese block-pulling puzzle release that's been getting a whole lot of attention lately.

OK, it's about more than just pushing and pulling blocks.

Though the official site is claiming a simple "Summer" for this "HD adult horror title from the makers of Persona," Amazon is listing a more-specific July 26 launch date on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. There's also a bit of descriptive text... 
 

Catherine is an unprecedented exploration of the pleasures and horrors of love. As Vincent, a man recently succumbed to the irresistible beauty of the game's titular diversion players find themselves swept into a treacherous love triangle. Catherine's core themes-those of free will, of the delicate nature of relationships and the choices we make within them, marry perfectly with the intense, terror-filled gameplay that serves to accurately reflect Vincent's growing sense of anxiety. It is an experience wholly unlike any to come before it. Vincent likes his girlfriend. Katherine is pretty, smart, and successful. Trouble is, she's starting to talk about long-term commitment, which is something Vincent's spent his entire life avoiding. With new complications the furthest thing from his mind, Vincent heads out for his regular night of drinks with his friends. Little does he know that he's about to be blindsided by a beautiful, seductive, irresistible freight train named Catherine. Suddenly, he's hung over in bed next to the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, unsure about the previous night's events. Was it just making out, he wonders, or did something more serious happen between them? Should he tell Katherine? Will he ever see Catherine again? Vincent's about to find that a stumble on the staircase of love can turn into a horrific, fatal plummet.  



And a list of "features."


The Horrors of Love: Vincent's waking fears, doubts, pressures, and growing guilt about commitment and fidelity now gleefully follow him into his dreams, manifesting as horribly disfigured monsters and a ticking clock.

Between a Rock and a Soft Place: The player must navigate Vincent through heavy moral decisions. As in real life, hardly anything is black and white. What is the value of honesty? What is the right thing to do? Either way, someone's going to get hurt. Worse yet, someone could die.

The Nightmare of Your Dreams: Famed character artist Shigenori Soejima and master composer Shoji Meguro create sights and sounds unlike anything else. As unforgettable and original as the game's narrative, Catherine's visual direction and musical score define and perfectly complement Vincent's terrifying ascent into the dizzying perils of love.

Escape With or From a Friend: Local competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, in addition to leaderboards, ensure that the many thrills and horrors of racing through twisted stages can be enjoyed by more than one player and add hours of extra gameplay to the overall experience.


And to think, just last week the publisher was claiming that it had no plans to release it here... don't you just hate that? As someone that imported the game to sort of mess around with it, I'm excited to actually understand what's being said, as without any sort of Japanese language training, the game is just kind of a bland block-pulling puzzle game.     Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

  It's got ESRB RP ratings and everything!
Welp, I figured we wouldn't hear about this until E3 and that a holiday release made more sense, but Atlus ain't messing around. The publisher has launched a North American site devoted to a domestic release of Catherine, the Japanese block-pulling puzzle release that's been getting a whole lot of attention lately.

OK, it's about more than just pushing and pulling blocks.

Though the official site is claiming a simple "Summer" for this "HD adult horror title from the makers of Persona," Amazon is listing a more-specific July 26 launch date on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. There's also a bit of descriptive text... 
 

Catherine is an unprecedented exploration of the pleasures and horrors of love. As Vincent, a man recently succumbed to the irresistible beauty of the game's titular diversion players find themselves swept into a treacherous love triangle. Catherine's core themes-those of free will, of the delicate nature of relationships and the choices we make within them, marry perfectly with the intense, terror-filled gameplay that serves to accurately reflect Vincent's growing sense of anxiety. It is an experience wholly unlike any to come before it. Vincent likes his girlfriend. Katherine is pretty, smart, and successful. Trouble is, she's starting to talk about long-term commitment, which is something Vincent's spent his entire life avoiding. With new complications the furthest thing from his mind, Vincent heads out for his regular night of drinks with his friends. Little does he know that he's about to be blindsided by a beautiful, seductive, irresistible freight train named Catherine. Suddenly, he's hung over in bed next to the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, unsure about the previous night's events. Was it just making out, he wonders, or did something more serious happen between them? Should he tell Katherine? Will he ever see Catherine again? Vincent's about to find that a stumble on the staircase of love can turn into a horrific, fatal plummet.  



And a list of "features."


The Horrors of Love: Vincent's waking fears, doubts, pressures, and growing guilt about commitment and fidelity now gleefully follow him into his dreams, manifesting as horribly disfigured monsters and a ticking clock.

Between a Rock and a Soft Place: The player must navigate Vincent through heavy moral decisions. As in real life, hardly anything is black and white. What is the value of honesty? What is the right thing to do? Either way, someone's going to get hurt. Worse yet, someone could die.

The Nightmare of Your Dreams: Famed character artist Shigenori Soejima and master composer Shoji Meguro create sights and sounds unlike anything else. As unforgettable and original as the game's narrative, Catherine's visual direction and musical score define and perfectly complement Vincent's terrifying ascent into the dizzying perils of love.

Escape With or From a Friend: Local competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, in addition to leaderboards, ensure that the many thrills and horrors of racing through twisted stages can be enjoyed by more than one player and add hours of extra gameplay to the overall experience.


And to think, just last week the publisher was claiming that it had no plans to release it here... don't you just hate that? As someone that imported the game to sort of mess around with it, I'm excited to actually understand what's being said, as without any sort of Japanese language training, the game is just kind of a bland block-pulling puzzle game.    
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Edited by OllyOxenFree

YES! Now being able to understand what is going on will be a treat.
 
Also, they are totally gonna keep the original covers. Good move, I suppose.

Posted by Underachiever007

Bring it on.

Posted by Ghost_Bear

Awesome.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Amazing. Not regretting my JPN version purchase, and am super stoked!

Posted by ThePhantomnaut

Fuck yeah.

Posted by Slaker117

I'm just going to go ahead and leave this here...   

Posted by BabyChooChoo

 Mi mente acaba de estallar
 
KA-BOOM

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Posted by asian_pride

This is the best news of 2011 so far.

Posted by MaFoLu

You can't play US 360 games on a european console, right?

Posted by NoCookiesForYou

This is great news.

Posted by Pepsiman

Almost certainly an inevitability, even with the US branch being all quasi-mum about it, but it's still a pleasure to hear that the game will make it over. As someone on their second run of the game, I definitely think it's a game worth experiencing in a language you can understand. The very morally ambiguous nature of the plot and much of the gameplay is one of strong points. Kinda bummed that it's currently going for the full $60 after being used to a lot of $40 PS2 games from Atlus USA, but they still have my preorder for this edition anyway.

Posted by buft

atlus lied... i didn't see that coming

Posted by Greenshoes

Oh, I get it.

Posted by GlenTennis

Sweet

Posted by zyn

Want UK release date!

Posted by niamahai

Oh yea.. Catherine is definitely coming. 
 
And very soon too!

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Posted by ShiftyMagician
@Slaker117 said:

" I'm just going to go ahead and leave this here...   

"
Thanks for that.  Now how much you wanna bet people will still ask this kind of question again and again and again...and again and again.
Posted by MordeaniisChaos

I really wanted this to happen, I'm glad it is. The story sort of hits home for me, so I'm interested to see how it's handled and all that. 
@Slaker117:
  There is all to much footage of Jeff just dicking around on camera silently. I'm kinda creeped out. Especially when the video syncs up across tabs o.o

Posted by Gnorbooth

Awesome to hear.  Between this and Vagrant Story dropping on PSN, us North Americans are having a hell of a night.  Well I sure am!

Posted by DiscoDuck8k

Yay! Not that I had any doubts, but this is good to know.

Posted by Fjordson

Fuck yes. Will be excited to play this in English. Also happy that they're keeping the covers. Love the 360 one.

Posted by Hourai

Really stoked for this. I wonder which voice actors they'll be using.    

Posted by HadesTimes

All right, so where's the Collector's Edition? LOL!

Posted by Enigma777

Nice!

Posted by Mayu_Zane

Yes! Awesome news. Definitely looking forward to buying it.

Posted by RoboRobb
@ShiftyMagician said:
" @Slaker117 said:

" I'm just going to go ahead and leave this here...   

"
Thanks for that.  Now how much you wanna bet people will still ask this kind of question again and again and again...and again and again. "
well sure, a lot of people were impacted by the endurance run, and not everyone will see this video. Them just covering the US release of the game will, to some people, suggest they'll start another ER... Everyone just wants a new one.
Posted by The_Big_Rough

Amazon need to make up their minds if they want to spell it with a K or a C.....

Posted by Scrumdidlyumptious

She's coming!

Posted by Nicholas

FUUUUCK YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ThePantheon

FUCK YES
INSTANT BUY STRAIGHT FROM PLAY-ASIA BABY!

Posted by TheHT
@Scrumdidlyumptious said:
" She's coming! "
All over North America!
Posted by Scooper

Hye i just thought of sumthin they shuld do a endurans run of catherin! 
 
thoughts???

Posted by feralwolf13

Everything about this announcement is awesome! The Persona team's excellence lies in its story and characters, and the idea that they are tackling a new tone and genre is super exciting. 

Posted by Mcfart

OMGYES!~!!!!!

Posted by Grissefar

YES! Heck yes. 
 
You tricked me with your little "japan-only" trick, Atlus.

Posted by B0nd07
@Scooper said:
" Hye i just thought of sumthin they shuld do a endurans run of catherin!  thoughts??? "
Refer to this.
Posted by Bouke

 
I can't wait to import and play this game; in english that is :P

Posted by Vinny_Says

YO SON THEY SHOULD DO A ENDURANCE RUN OF THIS IM SO HYPED CAN'T WAIT!!!1!1!!

Posted by takua108

OH SHIT

Posted by corban321

July 26 is my birthday :D but I own a PAL Xbox 360 :(

Posted by Trucker_Sean

I'm just wondering why people are still excited for this game after seeing the gameplay. I'll just put myself in the "I don't get it" category and be happy for other people being happy about this news. 

Posted by Sanj

Hell f**king yes. 

Posted by shodan2020

Fucking awesome. I'm totally pre-ordering this.

Posted by RecSpec

I played the demo, and it does not seem to be a game that will appeal to me at all because of the weird ass gameplay.

Posted by Chris2KLee

Well that was faster than I thought. Good news though.

Posted by afrofools

YES, this is fantastic news :) 
 
I am intrigued by the story and puzzle gameplay that I experienced in the demo my Japanese account downloaded. So awesome. I love the presentation of the game, the gameplay (Simple, yet difficult), and the story aspect.

Posted by mewarmo990

I hope this does well in North America. The story is really the part of the game I'm enjoying the most so far - I tolerate the platforming. But it's still very entertaining.

Posted by partoftheproblem

I'm really on the fence about this one. I need a clearer sense of the "meaningful exploration of psychological issues" to "weird Japanese fanservice" ratio.

Posted by spazmaster666

Though the gameplay doesn't interest me at all, I'm definitely considering getting this game for the story alone . . .