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For A Cartoon Lady, Catherine Is Pretty Hot

The Persona team's next game is a... horror/love story? Animals with ties?

Famitsu has revealed the next game from Atlus--specifically the team responsible for the Persona games, which immediately makes it more interesting around these parts. It's Catherine, and it's some sort of action-adventure thing involving freaky, tie-wearing animals and a "mysterious woman" named... Catherine. It looks kind of hot, here's the first trailer:
  
 
If you're not into the whole "hey, this is in Japanese" thing, andriasang.com has dissected a bit of it, along with some of the other info to come out of Famitsu's coverage. The game's official site will launch next week, and the game is destined for release on PlayStation 3 and 360 this Winter... in Japan, anyway.     Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by hermes

The game looks interesting, but its also very niche and with controversial (adult) content. I am not sure it will ever be released in the west.
Posted by neoepoch

Seems like the dead guy had sheep-like eyes, and in those dream sequences Vincent is growing sheep horns. I wonder if you die, do you become one of those sheep in the weird dream world.

Posted by Green_Incarnate

Hot cartoon ladies are my favorite.

Posted by Zelnox

Looks very cool. The 3D-cartoon part I like.

Posted by Soren
@ateatree said:
" Am I wrong in taking a hint from the "Nocturne" that pops up early in the video? I expect it's related to the SMT of the same title. Let's hope getting it across the seas goes well. "
The text reads "Shin megami tensei III: Noctorne" and the other text reads Persona 3 and Persona 4, so i assume its just saying "From the makers of".
Posted by TotalEklypse
@ricetopher said:
" WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH?!? "
 
this 
 
Also wtf.. they wana make interactive anime porn instead of a new demon souls? F that.
Posted by Horace

Just want to point out to those saying that it won't come out over here.  In the " Pizza" image, it has a C rating, which I believe means 15+.

Posted by Crushed
@TotalEklypse said:
" @ricetopher said:
" WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH?!? "
 this  Also wtf.. they wana make interactive anime porn instead of a new demon souls? F that. "
A) They're not making porn.
B) Atlus doesn't make Demon's Souls, From Software does.
Posted by MormonWarrior

What? I'm so confused...

Edited by Force0401

The main guy in that trailer looks like the guy in Club Escapade in Persona 3 Portable. 
 
He also mentions stuff about relationships...

Posted by Deusoma
@ateatree: 
Probably one of those "From the makers of..." blurbs you see all the time in trailers from established studios.
Edited by JJOR64

Looks awesome!  Also, glad to see it's getting a 360 release.

Posted by Lemoncookie01
Posted by Term
@TotalEklypse said:
" @ricetopher said:
" WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH?!? "
 this  Also wtf.. they wana make interactive anime porn instead of a new demon souls? F that. "
Atlus didn't develop Demon Souls, Atlus USA merely localized it.
Posted by TwilitEnd656

Confusion is me.
But god damn it, I'm interested.

Edited by Crushed

Also: the Famitsu article has the director and other main team members saying that they can't talk about what they called "the RPG" and "the game where boys and girls fight" [Persona 5] right now, but they hope to start showing things next year.
 
Apparently they're working on both that and this at the same time.

Posted by m1k3

First thing that came to me after watching the trailer is that it seems to have the same feeling as the 
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni anime series.

Posted by jlanzer

Has someone said Endurance Run yet? If not ENDURANCE RUN!

Posted by DXmagma

this game looks awful. it just looks awful. the art style, the premise it looks like shit. and ya'll think catherine is hot? she looks horrible to me. that android form persona 3 was hot but her?

Posted by thehexeditor
@Crushed:  If Persona is the game where boys and girls fight, Catherine is the game where man and woman 'wrestle'
Edited by Sanj


If Jack Frost is in this game, I will buy it. 
 

But anyhoo, I'm very intrigued by this game.

Posted by Cube

This looks absolutely amazing.

Edited by HitmanAgent47

I'm really digging the designs, it's like anime designs translates well into 3d cell shading graphics. If those 2d looking scenes are really not 2d, rather 3d, i'm totally impressed because I can't tell.

Posted by mutha3

I must have watched this trailer  atleast 10 times now. Shit's awesome.
 
I also noticed something, at the start of this trailer, Vincent talks to(what I assume is) his girlfriend about dreaming that he dies. And then she responds that she dreams she killed someone instead.
 
And they you see a sheep go splat.....on the logo of the game.
 
The right side of the logo, which is were his girlfriend is represented. If we see another trailer where one of the sheep guys goes splat on the left side, I'm calling it:
 
Catherine and his girlfriend are the same demonic presence. 

Posted by TotalEklypse
@Crushed said:
" @TotalEklypse said:
" @ricetopher said:
" WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH?!? "
 this  Also wtf.. they wana make interactive anime porn instead of a new demon souls? F that. "
A) They're not making porn. B) Atlus doesn't make Demon's Souls, From Software does. "
yes i am aware of that. but they could either get rights TO make the next or get From to get on it.
Posted by KuribosShoe
@Hamz said:
" Looks really interesting.  I can't wait to have to deal with the infinite amount of "Catherine for next Endurance Run!" topics now :( "
man, I was waiting for someone to mention an endurance run so I could roll my eyes at them, and it's a mod?!  curses!
Posted by Diamond
@RagingLion said:
I'm taking a wild guess that Atlus are experimenting making a full 3D game with this game and honing their skills so that they can make sure they do Persona 5 (which is their marque series) right.
That and/or they're testing the waters.
 
I'm not sure I'll be interested in this particular product, but I wish there was more stuff like this.
Posted by PistolPackinPoet

Graphics look amazing. And I bet that persona 5 will run the same engine as that. Anime cutscenes and 3d voiced anime like cutscenes for in game. I Can't wait.

Posted by AURON570

Looks crazy awesome.

Edited by Sanj

If there ever was an ER of this (which I severely doubt), i'd imagine it'd be hilariously awkward when the erotic stuff takes place.
Posted by steelknight2000

Jap Rap!

Posted by OriginalGman

Yesterday, when all I had were a few scans about a "horror action-adventure title about waking up from dreams, aimed at adults" I was thoroughly confused and slightly angry to see the words "Persona Team" without "Persona Game".
 
Today, after watching that trailer and realizing that "high school simulation where you go into a dungeon to shoot yourself in the head and summon demons" sounds even crazier, I am much happier. I love the look of this game, I love the music already, and I can rest easy knowing Atlus has some idea of what to do with a Playstation 3. Persona 5 may not be coming next year, but it will come and it will look great.

Posted by aurahack

Not to be a jerk face, but Atlus did direct an action adventure game before... 
 
It was called Baroque and it is garbage. :< Consider me tentatively excited, simply by fact that I am head over heels for Persona. :/

Posted by mutha3
@aurahack said:

 
It was called Baroque and it is garbage. :<
It is also not made by Atlus.
 
Merely published.
Posted by Zeik
@TotalEklypse:  Um, that's not how it works. Atlus USA is a publisher, they hold no influence on the games they publish outside of games Atlus themselves develop, and even then it's minimal. And again, Atlus USA is a publisher, not a game developer. They have no experience in developing games, so even if by some completely impossible chance they somehow got the rights to develop a new Demon's Souls they would never be able to actually make the game, much less a game that's equal in quality to the original. Atlus of Japan, which is their actual development branch, has no actual connection to Demon's Souls, so they obviously wouldn't be doing it either.
 
If a Demon's Souls sequel were to be made it's entirely up to From Software, not Atlus or Atlus USA.
Posted by PistolPackinPoet
@ateatree:  Maybe its just from the makers of Nocturne. They also put 3 and 4 referencing that they produced Persona 3 & 4 too.
Posted by ch3burashka

Atlus sure knows how to make kick-ass intros, which I'm assuming this will be for the actual game. 
 
The whole 'mature' thing probably rules this out as an ER, though I guess they could just age-gate all the videos. Regardless of how I consume this game, I'm really interested. The previous games have been concerned with saving the world from some great evil; this looks to be a much more personal story.

Posted by Zeik
@mutha3:  People really need to learn the difference between games Atlus develops and games Atlus USA publishes. I always see people trying to put up some of the lesser games that Atlus USA has published as examples of why Atlus games suck for one reason or another, but 90% of the time they aren't even Atlus games.
 
Atlus only has three franchises currently: Shin Megami Tensei (and all of it's spin-offs), Trauma Center, and Etrian Odyssey. Four if Catherine is in fact a new IP.
Posted by Arbie

I have such a mixed feeling about this that it's making it even more intriguing. Hopefully see more about it soon.

Posted by Catolf
@mutha3 said:
" I must have watched this trailer  atleast 10 times now. Shit's awesome.
 
I also noticed something, at the start of this trailer, Vincent talks to(what I assume is) his girlfriend about dreaming that he dies. And then she responds that she dreams she killed someone instead.
 
And they you see a sheep go splat.....on the logo of the game.
 
The right side of the logo, which is were his girlfriend is represented. If we see another trailer where one of the sheep guys goes splat on the left side, I'm calling it:
 
Catherine and his girlfriend are the same demonic presence. 
"
I actually gotta agree with you there, i was unsure until i watched again, but it seems to give a lot of hints and the voice of the person talking to him seems different that Catherine, I can totally follow this logic, especially the sheep going splat on 'his' side.
 
But i'm unsure if they are the same. (girlfriend / mistress Catherine)
 
makes me wonder if Catherine has had other victims? which are represented by the sheep, one has a tie, so maybe that was his last ties (ooh..pun) to his humanity. Which is why out Protag get's ram horns, he's becoming like them and is struggling to keep it from happening?
Posted by Kratch
@DXmagma said:
" this game looks awful. it just looks awful. the art style, the premise it looks like shit. and ya'll think catherine is hot? she looks horrible to me. that android form persona 3 was hot but her? "
Wait.............what?  This game looks amazing.
Edited by Beforet

Well, it's Atlas alright. I'm not sure I'm digging the erotic bits, but I'm sure the Persona team knows what it's doing. Still, it's no P5.
 
I do wonder if this part of the SMT franchise, or if the cameo in P3P meant nothing in that regard.

Posted by g11d

...This better come to NA, or else...

Posted by CronoXtream

looks interesting.

Posted by HeavyDuty32

Why....what....but....sheep duders?

Posted by BraveToaster

She's got some nice tits.

Posted by Zeik
@Ecksearoh:  It's not a Persona game in any form. Atlus does make games besides Persona you know.
Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Holy shit, it's that guy from P3P!
 


Also, I really, really like the 3D anime thing. Reminds me of Valkyria Chronicles... but way better.
Posted by mutha3
@Zeik said:
" @Ecksearoh:  It's not a Persona game in any form. Atlus does make games besides Persona you know. "
Well...we can't be for sure. Maybe it takes place in the same universe.
 
And this game will undoubably be called Shin Megami Tensei: Catherine in the states, going by Atlus' track record.
Edited by Zeik
@mutha3:  Only if it's actually part of the MegaTen franchise, which from what we've seen it doesn't appear to be.  (Even if it theoretically took place in the same universe it wouldn't necessarily make it a MegaTen game.) Atlus USA doesn't just slap Shin Megami Tensei on every game they release, only ones that are actually part of the franchise.