In: Articles by Leah "WhiteGodiva" Haydu4 Mar 2011
What is Catherine? It’s a mash-up of a puzzle platformer, a soap opera, and a horror game, brought to life by the same team that brought you Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. And it’s weird. Very weird.
Amazon and GameStop both list a July 26, 2011 release, and the following description appears:
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.
Catherine was released February 17 in Japan, and up to now, we hadn’t heard any mention of a US release.
Due to its somewhat adult themes and the overly bizarre, disturbing manner of presentation, I was among the many despairing that Catherine wouldn’t make it to our shores, so I’m glad I was wrong. Given Atlus’ track record of excellent localization, this should be a mind-bending blast; we’ll find out for sure when Catherine hits the PS3 and XBox 360 this summer.