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    Catherine

    Game » consists of 14 releases. Released Feb 17, 2011

    The first game developed by Atlus for the PS3/Xbox 360. Made by the Persona Team, The game is an "adult oriented" action-adventure/horror game with puzzle platforming stages.

    Atlus USA: "No plans for a NA release at this time"

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    #1  Edited By benjaebe

    If you're looking for an announcement about Catherine getting localized, keep looking, because they just confirmed today that there are no plans to bring it overseas quite yet.
    Frankly I'm quite disappointed, though I'm hopeful that they'll eventually localize it and bring it over. I can't imagine they wouldn't, considering the press coverage and anticipation surrounding it. Source

     Atlus' US branch was quite frank with its statement: “Catherine is a Japan-only game and there are no plans for a NA release at this time. Sorry about that!”

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    #2  Edited By jakob187

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    #3  Edited By DetectiveSpecial

    Well......hard to get happy after that one.

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    #4  Edited By sameeeeam

    You have now made me sad.

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    It'll happen. 
     
    Either that, or I finish learning Japanese and import it. 
     
    But probably the first scenario.

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    #6  Edited By FluxWaveZ

    I will not believe their lies.

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    #7  Edited By metalsnakezero
    @jakob187 said:
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    Yes.
    Well keep in mind they said "No plans" and not "Wont come" so it is possible in the future that they will release it here.
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    #8  Edited By FluxWaveZ

    But they're still taking the source from that "Beefjack" site that I find a bit iffy (I've never heard of it before, too). I'd appreciate another website to get a word from Atlus USA to add validity to this.

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    #9  Edited By benjaebe
    @FluxWaveZ said:
    " But they're still taking the source from that "Beefjack" site that I find a bit iffy (I've never heard of it before, too). I'd appreciate another website to get a word from Atlus USA to add validity to this. "
    True. A lot of people are basically saying this is PR-speak for "we don't have anything to tell you" and I can't imagine they'd tell a site that no one's ever heard of if they had plans for an NA release.
    I'm sure there'll be more about this in the coming days though, since larger sites are picking it up.
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    *cough*Yakuza*cough* 
     
    It'll be released in North America eventually. 

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    #11  Edited By MrKlorox

    Makes sense. They're still trying to make it sell in Japan.

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    #13  Edited By FancySoapsMan

    LIES

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    #14  Edited By benjaebe
    @MrKlorox said:
    " Makes sense. They're still trying to make it sell in Japan. "
    From what I hear it's selling pretty well too. I guess it surpassed their total sales predictions in the first week of sales.
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    #15  Edited By jakob187

    Sorry, I hate trolling, but I think people need to get these hype motives out of their head when it comes to two things: 

    1. Atlus games coming stateside
    2. Japanese games in general coming stateside
     
    Having dealt with Atlus when I ran my own website, I know for a fact that those guys are super small and they need to know that a game would have to be a moderate success for them to even conceive bringing it over here.  If you go back and look at Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, they had to put Dante from DMC into that game to give it some kind of chance for sales in America.  Hell, back when I was reviewing games, Atlus didn't even send you a boxed copy of the game!  They sent you a trade demo, which was essentially just a silver disc with a couple of words printed on it and placed in a paper sleeve.  I've still got my copies of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, ChoroQ, and Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne in trade demo format.  THAT is how much they have to cut down on their stuff in order to turn a profit on games in America. 
     
    So, if you guys REALLY want Catherine to come stateside, you have to show those doods some love.  You have to remember that Catherine is not like Persona, which has a dedicated following.  It's an original IP made by the team behind one of their most popular franchises. 
     
    What I'm saying is:  import the game if you want them to eventually bring it stateside.
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    #16  Edited By Red

    They'll eventually localize it, although I now doubt the game would get a full-on dubbed translation. 

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    #17  Edited By mutha3
    @benjaebe: Old news, not really worried about if.
     
    Just worried about when:(
     
    @jakob187:
    no i sad
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    #18  Edited By JJWeatherman

    This doesn't mean anything. They'll bring it when they bring it.

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    #19  Edited By MisterChief

    They're not going to announce that they're localising it just because someone asked if they are.

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    #20  Edited By mutha3
    @jakob187 said:
    What I'm saying is:  import the game if you want them to eventually bring it stateside. "
    Don't waste your money, anyone reading this.
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    #21  Edited By FluxWaveZ
    @jakob187 said:
    " What I'm saying is:  import the game if you want them to eventually bring it stateside. "
    That's some horrible advice right there. It'll come here, I have no doubt about it.
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    #22  Edited By Aljosa15

    It's gonna come here eventually. Atlus brought over a bunch of crappy games that didn't sell at all.

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    #23  Edited By mutha3
    @FluxWaveZ said:
    " @jakob187 said:
    " What I'm saying is:  import the game if you want them to eventually bring it stateside. "
    That's some horrible advice right there. It'll come here, I have no doubt about it. "
    Well, even if it didn't, I don't see how giving money to the JP branch of Atlus will influence the US branch descisions at al..
     
    Also, the Atlus of today is a much larger company then the Atlus of 5 years.
     
    Also, Dante inclusion in Nocturne had nothing to do with western audiences. To be honest.....did Dante ever make it in the original US version? I know he did in the Pal one, but I'm pretty sure the standard US version didn't had Dante.
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    #24  Edited By Soren
    @mutha3 said:

    " @FluxWaveZ said:

    " @jakob187 said:

    " What I'm saying is:  import the game if you want them to eventually bring it stateside. "
    That's some horrible advice right there. It'll come here, I have no doubt about it. "
    Well, even if it didn't, I don't see how giving money to the JP branch of Atlus will influence the US branch descisions at al..  Also, the Atlus of today is a much larger company then the Atlus of 5 years.  Also, Dante inclusion in Nocturne had nothing to do with western audiences. To be honest.....did Dante ever make it in the original US version? I know he did in the Pal one, but I'm pretty sure the standard US version didn't had Dante. "
    Nah, it shipped with Dante, along with the extra dungeon etc.  Dante was put in the maniacs edition and Kaneko designed his Devil trigger for the next game in exchange. Had nothing to do with the western audience
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    #25  Edited By Aljosa15

    Only reason Dante came to Nocturne was because Kazuma Kaneko was involved with designing Dante's Devil Trigger amongst other things in Devil May Cry 3, so they thought it was a fair trade.

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    #26  Edited By HandsomeDead

    A Japanese video game company being fucking retarded? More on this shocking news at 11.

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    #27  Edited By Animasta
    @HandsomeDead said:
    " A Japanese video game company being fucking retarded? More on this shocking news at 11. "
    You mean a game that literally has no recognition, with little to no way to advertise, with a whole lot of voice acting?
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    #28  Edited By mutha3
    @HandsomeDead said:

    " A Japanese video game company being fucking retarded? More on this shocking news at 11. "

    Atlus USA is not a Japanese video game company.
     

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    " @HandsomeDead said:

    " A Japanese video game company being fucking retarded? More on this shocking news at 11. "

    You mean a game that literally has no recognition, with little to no way to advertise, with a whole lot of voice acting? "

    They've done way, way more niche/riskier then this.
     
     I'm calling PR bull on this one.
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    #29  Edited By Animasta
    @mutha3 said:
    " @HandsomeDead said:
    " A Japanese video game company being fucking retarded? More on this shocking news at 11. "
    Atlus USA is not a japanese video game company.
     
    @Laketown said:
    " @HandsomeDead said:
    " A Japanese video game company being fucking retarded? More on this shocking news at 11. "
    You mean a game that literally has no recognition, with little to no way to advertise, with a whole lot of voice acting? "
    They've done way more niche/riskier. I'm calling PR bull on this one. "
    there was like no voice acting work they had to do with some of those, though
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    #30  Edited By FluxWaveZ
    @mutha3 said:
    " Well, even if it didn't, I don't see how giving money to the JP branch of Atlus will influence the US branch descisions at al..  . "
    That's obvious. I was simply reaffirming my position on this topic.
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    #31  Edited By mutha3
    @Laketown said:
    " @mutha3 said:

    there was like no voice acting work they had to do with some of those, though "
    Digital Devil Saga had plenty of it. The only people that buy Atlus games tend to be Atlus fans anyway and most of those are pretty damn excited for this going by forums. To be honest, the hype for Catherine seems way stronger then the hype for something like persona 3 back in the day.
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    #32  Edited By niamahai

    we should totally start an internet petition. 
     
    that would get those tyrant's attention.

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    #33  Edited By HandsomeDead
    @Laketown said:
    " @HandsomeDead said:
    " A Japanese video game company being fucking retarded? More on this shocking news at 11. "
    You mean a game that literally has no recognition, with little to no way to advertise, with a whole lot of voice acting? "
    I'm guessing you don't really know how advertising works. Fair play on the voice acting point, though I'm sure there's some anime dub company they could lease it to. I mean, after the whole Yakuza thing, I'm sure there's still an audience out there for this kind of quintessentially Japanese game. 
     
    @mutha3 said:
    " @HandsomeDead said:

    " A Japanese video game company being fucking retarded? More on this shocking news at 11. "

    Atlus USA is not a Japanese video game company. "
    Yeah, I'm sure they have nothing at all to do with Atlus and are working on their own whims.
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    #34  Edited By FateOfNever

    Or, you know, they totally have plans but aren't going to destroy their marketing plan by telling some random gaming website that just asks them out of the blue what their plans for the game are.  I'm sure there's no chance of that being the case at all.

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    #35  Edited By mutha3
    You're making it sound like they've actually gone on record to say "CATHERINE IS NEVER COMING OUT IN THE US", Handsomedead.
     
    I wouldn't put THAT much weight in a PR person responding to an email a website called BEEFJACK has sent them.
     
    @HandsomeDead said:
    " Yeah, I'm sure they have nothing at all to do with Atlus and are working on their own whims. "
    For the most part, yes.
     
    I'm not joking, that's actually how it works. Atlus USA has grown into its own thing.
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    #36  Edited By Animasta

    I actually think it's gonna come out this year but you know, I wouldn't be surprised if it takes a while. It's a long shot from a Persona or even an SMT title

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    #37  Edited By FluxWaveZ

    Reading the quote again: 

     “Catherine is a Japan-only game and there are no plans for a NA release at this time. Sorry about that!”    

    Sorry about that!    

    Yeah, this totally sounds serious.
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    #38  Edited By mutha3
    @Laketown said:
    " I actually think it's gonna come out this year but you know, I wouldn't be surprised if it takes a while. It's a long shot from a Persona or even an SMT title "
    You mean in terms of popularity? Persona, maybe, but I disagree if we're talking about SMT games in general. I highly doubt Catherine would lose out to any of 'em. I mean, hell, compare the view count of the Persona 2 thread and the Catherine thread at the official Atlus forums.
     
    Catherine is way higher. And remember when SMT:SJ came out? didn't make anywhere near the same impact Catherine did.
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    #39  Edited By Animasta
    @mutha3 said:
    " @Laketown said:
    " I actually think it's gonna come out this year but you know, I wouldn't be surprised if it takes a while. It's a long shot from a Persona or even an SMT title "
    You mean in terms of popularity? Persona, maybe, but I disagree if we're talking about SMT games in general. I highly doubt Catherine would lose out to any of 'em. I mean, hell, compare the view count of the Persona 2 thread and the Catherine thread at the official Atlus forums.  Catherine is way higher. And remember when SMT:SJ came out? didn't make anywhere near the same impact Catherine did. "
    Maybe you're right, but that's still just the Atlus forum, and Catherine will probably be the full 60 bucks, which Persona 4 was 40 at the time (right?)
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    #40  Edited By mutha3
    @Laketown said:

    " @mutha3 said:

    " @Laketown said:
    " I actually think it's gonna come out this year but you know, I wouldn't be surprised if it takes a while. It's a long shot from a Persona or even an SMT title "
    You mean in terms of popularity? Persona, maybe, but I disagree if we're talking about SMT games in general. I highly doubt Catherine would lose out to any of 'em. I mean, hell, compare the view count of the Persona 2 thread and the Catherine thread at the official Atlus forums.  Catherine is way higher. And remember when SMT:SJ came out? didn't make anywhere near the same impact Catherine did. "
    Maybe you're right, but that's still just the Atlus forum, and Catherine will probably be the full 60 bucks, which Persona 4 was 40 at the time (right?) "
    Nocturne, Persona 3 and its ilk were all 60$ and they sold fine didn't they?( well by, Atlus standards of course)
     
    Its 40$ price point probably had a lot to do with Persona 4's status as best-selling Atlus game ever, though.
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    #41  Edited By mutha3
    @FluxWaveZ said:
    " @Laketown said:
    "  which Persona 4 was 40 at the time (right?) "
    Wrong. "
    The price dropped really fast.
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    #42  Edited By Urmean
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    ATLUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
     
    How will I get my daily dose of Bitches & Whores?
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    #43  Edited By Grissefar

    Grr what a load of bullshit. Yuck. What the fuck. What a hell!

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    #44  Edited By Catolf

    I'm sad..

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    #45  Edited By DonutFever

    My dog just drowned in my tears. Water level is now at shoulder height. These are the last minutes of my life.

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    #46  Edited By Catolf
    @DonutFever said:
    " My dog just drowned in my tears. Water level is now at shoulder height. These are the last minutes of my life. "
    dear god get this man a life preserver! YOU MUST LIVE
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    #47  Edited By DonutFever
    @Catolf said:
    " @DonutFever said:
    " My dog just drowned in my tears. Water level is now at shoulder height. These are the last minutes of my life. "
    dear god get this man a life preserver! YOU MUST LIVE "
    I want to liv-GLUBB GLUBB GLUBB!
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    #48  Edited By bybeach

    I'tll happen eventually they know good money(demand) is here, but localization in it's true form, so westerners relate to it, costs money and effort. But Atlus obviously made sure you all heard of it...
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    #49  Edited By thehexeditor

    This shall be the song that plays on our huge ass boombox when we storm the Atlus USA offices:
      

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    #50  Edited By Hailinel
    @HandsomeDead said:
    " A Japanese video game company being fucking retarded? More on this shocking news at 11. "
    Atlus USA is its own thing.  Don't be a fuckwit, dicktits.

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