Atlus Confirms Catherine’s Coming to U.S.

Atlus Confirms Catherine’s Coming to U.S.

It’s official: Catherine will be coming to U.S. consoles this summer. To the fans who have been following this game for months, this news comes as a bit of a shock since Atlus claimed not that long ago that they had no plans bringing the game to North American shores.

Even though there is no concrete release date or screenshots at this time, official boxart was released along with a logo for Catherine. Aram Jabbari, Manager of PR and Sales for Atlus had this to say about the upcoming game:


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, and is certain to leave gamers talking and thinking about Vincent’s tribulations long after the credits have rolled.”

I have to say, I am mighty curious about Catherine and how the story unfolds. I’ve heard stories from my male friends that mirror Vincent’s lady woes, and I’m sure that many out there will be able to relate to the story in some way.

In Catherine, we see Vincent, a man who, based on the description given in the press release, is similar to the character Neil Patrick Harris plays on How I Met Your Mother: a man who avoids long-term commitment like the plague. Problems hit when Vincent, who has a lovely, smart, and successful girlfriend named Katherine decides to have the “relationship talk” with him. You all know what I’m talking about, it’s the “where do you see this going” type convo that makes almost all men (and sometimes women) want to run straight to the hills. Oddly enough, Vincent does just that except instead of the hills, he decides to have a guys night with his friends and ends up getting super smashed. As luck, or misfortune, would have it, Vincent wakes up the next day with a horrible hangover and in the bed of a complete stranger who is, fortunately for him, ridiculously hot.

Since he can’t remember anything about the night before, Vincent’s mind starts to go into overdrive as he tries to figure out just how far he went with the mystery woman. Did they only kiss? Was there some fooling around involved? Or did he end up sliding into home base? On top of all of that, Vincent then faces this dilemma: should he tell Katherine about what happened with the seductive Catherine?

Answers to all of those questions and more will be revealed when gamers get to play Catherine this summer. It will be available for the 360 and PS3 consoles, and will have local cooperative and competitive modes. Right now there is no official ESRB rating, but based on the subject matter alone I think this one will be hit with the lovely rated M.

For more information on Catherine, or to pre-order the game, check out its official website!

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