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Catherine Almost Done, A "New Genre And Not An RPG"

You may recall the super-freaky, super sexy Catherine, recently announced by Atlus and clearly designed for an adult crowd.

We don't have a release date and at first, it appeared the game was in the early development stages, but perhaps Atlus is further along than we expected... According to the game's Japanese blog (as translated by Andriasang), character designer Shigenori Soejima said Catherine is "in its final tuning phases." Soejima actually talks a lot about the character, Catherine, and how the entire project has been a big challenge for him; he claims the game is "in a new genre that's not an RPG." Specifically, he said:

"As I play again the resulting work (it's presently undergoing final tuning!), I feel that it's not just a challenging title for us, but that it's quite the ambitious work."

Soejima spoke more about the artwork for the game and it won't come as a huge shock to hear that it's "actually quite erotic" and "very much different from the pure Persona." However, he defends this more mature approach:

"It's an element that cannot be done away with if you want to realistically portray adult love. If you omit it because it's a consumer game, it's unnatural. So, we are challenging the limits. ... There, my excuse has come to an end. (laughs.)"

The interesting part will lie in the gameplay, because they're focusing so heavily on the interpersonal relationships within. Soejima says the game "will let you sample the sweet and rough areas of male and female relationships through horror taste." For our part, we need to see some gameplay to get a better idea of the game's potential but for even more story info, feel free to learn more about Catherine and...well, Katherine. No, that isn't a typo.

It'll be interesting to see how everything turns out and if it's in the final stages, might we see a release date soon...? Also, how's about confirming it for North America?

Related Game(s): Catherine

Tags: catherine, atlus, catherine details, catherine release

9/13/2010 10:36:17 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (25 posts)

maxpontiac
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 10:59:18 AM
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New Genre? If that video I watched is an indicator of this game, I would classify it a relationship and sex simulator.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 11:03:11 AM

Nah...way too much freaky horror insanity going on for that classification.

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maxpontiac
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 11:30:56 AM

Alright... A relationship/sex/twilight zone simulator? LOL

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Hezzron
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 11:11:32 AM
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An anime "Heavy Rain-like" game perhaps? Doesn't look like my thing (game play or subject matter), but I appreciate their effort to do something different.

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SayWord
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 11:40:02 AM
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I love atlus and almost every game they localize here. I love dark animes that make you go wtf is happening the whole time. My one quesiton though is why did atlus go multiplat with this game?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 1:32:06 PM

They wanted to get a handle on HD hardware, I'm guessing to prepare to bring Persona 5 to 360 as well as PS3.

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Rings0fUranus
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 4:15:10 PM

*hangs head in sadness*

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aaronisbla
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 8:21:01 PM

as long as they continue to provide a great gaming experience, why should it matter? there's games aren't exactly known for pushing the envelope in terms of graphical fidelity

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GuardianMode
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 11:46:26 AM
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Japan has thousands of these Relationship/Horror/Adventure games. I think almost on every street corner in Akihabarban(sp) they advertize them. Heck does not the DS have the LovePlus series? It looks like the PS3 is about the grow up.

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Clamedeus
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 8:04:10 PM

Akihabara I believe.

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Gabriel013
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 11:47:51 AM
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I am intruiged enough to want to know more about the gameplay. Likely one I won't be buying but I won't write it off just yet.

If I do purchase it will be online only. No way will I walk into my local game store and purchase this.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 11:48:44 AM
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hey is this porn?

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Alienange
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:30:34 PM
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Love the picture. "portraying adult love" has never looked so stiff.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 1:32:26 PM

adult love=stiff

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 1:33:02 PM
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I might get it just to find out what the hell is going on with those bipedal sheep.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 1:41:29 PM
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Hmm... It sounds like a really intriguing concept, but not one that I can get behind necessarily. We'll see, if it gets a release here.
Peace.

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RebelJD
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 3:47:03 PM
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This game should be cool. Anything bizarre is worth checking out.

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Lotusflow3r
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 4:30:57 PM
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This looks incredibly appealing.

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Snaaaake
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 6:42:34 PM
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Ummm......perhaps a horror dating simulator?

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Kai200X
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 1:35:29 AM
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I'm ready to pre-order this baby at anytime this game is make available to. Lucky for me I know few people in Japan.

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___________
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 3:39:38 AM
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so, atlus, you actually going to release this here?
none of this 1+ years later BS, either release it same time as the US or dont bother!

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 5:38:29 AM

I say the opposite, I say as long as it takes for this tremendous game, and any other to come after to the West.

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 5:37:50 AM
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I'm there first day for Atlus. Getting more and more exciting the more I hear. We also get closer to the big one, Persona 5!

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JackC8
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 6:41:44 AM
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Erotic horror? Oh man, I am soooo there :)

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ChloeAngelCat
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:38:46 PM
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Catherine looks very intereting

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