Atlus to Clear Up Confusion Over Catherine With Demo

Atlus to Clear Up Confusion Over Catherine With Demo

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Catherine will soon be getting a lot less mysterious. Probably.

If there's one word that sums up Atlus' upcoming erotic thriller, Catherine, it's "confusing." This is something that Atlus is aware of, and hopes to address with a demo ahead of the game's release.

Catherine looks all kinds of intriguing, but the strange, disjointed trailers - not to mention the language barrier - don't really help in getting a feel for what the game is about. That's not just limited to Western gamers hopeful that the game might make it out of Japan, however, as speaking the language doesn't seem to help in understanding what's going on.

In a blog post on the game's official site, director Katsura Hashino said that people had voiced a number of concerns to him about the game's content. Some people were concerned that it might be too sexual and that they wouldn't be able to buy it, while others flat out didn't know what the game was about. A recent Famitsu article gave some insight into Catherine's gameplay, where protagonist Vincent must climb a huge tower made of blocks in a recurring nightmare, but that is only the action portion of the game, and the adventure portion still remains largely a mystery.

Hashino doesn't say exactly when the demo will come out, but as the game comes out in Japan on February 17th, it will presumably be before then. Of course, whether a demo will actually make things clearer, or just make them confusing in a different way, is anyone's guess.

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aw what is there to be confused, one just has to assume its a 'typical' sexy horror RPG XD

Well a demo is fantastic :D

I haven't played a good game about sexual frustration/confusion since Silent Hill 2.

Bring it on!

Chances are itll either get raped by the censors or just not released outside of japan but still this has me intrigued.

still no info if there will be a NA release?

Atlus should spend less time with this sort of thing and more time opening an EU office so more people can play there games around the world instead of just a token few in Asia and the US.

A Demo is a great idea.
Not sure if ill ever play the game but ill be interested to see what its like.

Why are we supposed to care about just another Japanese sex game? There have been like 20 news posts on this damn game and quite frankly its getting annoying.

Terrific idea. I am interested and if the demo is shining ten bricks of awesomeness, count me in.

deth2munkies:
Why are we supposed to care about just another Japanese sex game? There have been like 20 news posts on this damn game and quite frankly its getting annoying.

It's not really a sex-game or masturbation aid, but looks like it's just telling a story that's about sex and eroticism.

tlozoot:

deth2munkies:
Why are we supposed to care about just another Japanese sex game? There have been like 20 news posts on this damn game and quite frankly its getting annoying.

It's not really a sex-game or masturbation aid, but looks like it's just telling a story that's about sex and eroticism.

Well, there's a girl humping in the trailer, it must be a sex-game. Like Ninja Scroll being porn and some such.

deth2munkies:
Why are we supposed to care about just another Japanese sex game? There have been like 20 news posts on this damn game and quite frankly its getting annoying.

This post just shows how many of those "20 news posts" you actually read...

I'd like to play this game in Canada, but knowing the west, it's rehashing of games with sexualized content might butcher the game, I really just wish the M rating was 18+ Like R rated movies so people would not consider games media for kids.

I mean characters in video games always come off disjointed in any series because the sex aspect is always so off. I mean it is a driving force in a lot of things whether you can see it or not, it's like a generalized glazing over of reality with heroism or bravery. You see a guy fighting to get all this money and fame in some generic plot it's not so he can hug the female leads brains out at the credits.

I imagine it playing out a bit like an erotic horror version of psychonauts or somethin, going into dreams and all.

I didn't think it was that confusing. The creators just took a few advanced psych classes and read a book on dream theory and are now making a game. I will be happy if they actually focus on the psychological aspect of it (creators of Persona, I think the chances are good) instead of succumbing to a collection of fan service.

deth2munkies:
Why are we supposed to care about just another Japanese sex game? There have been like 20 news posts on this damn game and quite frankly its getting annoying.

Easy boy, how about you actually read one or two of those articles and then comment on it. Also, sex is a part of the human condition. It will end up being everywhere people have an influence.

Sean.Devlin:

tlozoot:

deth2munkies:
Why are we supposed to care about just another Japanese sex game? There have been like 20 news posts on this damn game and quite frankly its getting annoying.

It's not really a sex-game or masturbation aid, but looks like it's just telling a story that's about sex and eroticism.

Well, there's a girl humping in the trailer, it must be a sex-game. Like Ninja Scroll being porn and some such.

I saw a trailer for a film the other day, and it appeared the film featured a sex scene. It must have been a porn film.

tlozoot:

Sean.Devlin:

tlozoot:

It's not really a sex-game or masturbation aid, but looks like it's just telling a story that's about sex and eroticism.

Well, there's a girl humping in the trailer, it must be a sex-game. Like Ninja Scroll being porn and some such.

I saw a trailer for a film the other day, and it appeared the film featured a sex scene. It must have been a porn film.

That garbage is everywhere!

D_987:

deth2munkies:
Why are we supposed to care about just another Japanese sex game? There have been like 20 news posts on this damn game and quite frankly its getting annoying.

This post just shows how many of those "20 news posts" you actually read...

Two on the box art, one for every trailer, artwork, or even slight mentioning of something about this game. Someone on the staff has an unhealthy obsession with this game that looks by no means extraordinary.

deth2munkies:
Someone on the staff has an unhealthy obsession with this game that looks by no means extraordinary.

The game is anything but ordinary - hence why it's getting so much publicity -_-

Confusing or not, I'm looking forward to Catherine more so than anything else in terms of games.

They could just, you know, tell us what it's about and how it plays instead being mysterious.

For.I.Am.Mad:
They could just, you know, tell us what it's about and how it plays instead being mysterious.

Mysterious done right = hype. Hype = better press.

Considering how many people are chomping at the bit, I'd say they are doing mysterious the right way. I'm interested.

littlewisp:

For.I.Am.Mad:
They could just, you know, tell us what it's about and how it plays instead being mysterious.

Mysterious done right = hype. Hype = better press.

Considering how many people are chomping at the bit, I'd say they are doing mysterious the right way. I'm interested.

Agreed, I'm itching to try it. Unfortunately I live here in Ireland so I'm unlikely to even get a look in without smuggling it in with some heroin (the heroin will be paying for the smuggling).

deth2munkies:

D_987:

deth2munkies:
Why are we supposed to care about just another Japanese sex game? There have been like 20 news posts on this damn game and quite frankly its getting annoying.

This post just shows how many of those "20 news posts" you actually read...

Two on the box art, one for every trailer, artwork, or even slight mentioning of something about this game. Someone on the staff has an unhealthy obsession with this game that looks by no means extraordinary.

Then surely you've also read that it's being developed by the same team that made the Persona series of RPGs. Aside from being some of the best JRPGs to come out in recent years, the third title from the series is well known for being one of the most mature takes on sexuality and gender issues that you can find in a video game.

So, yeah, I'd find it pretty surprising if Catherine turns out to be "just another Japanese sex game".

I don't think I'll play the demo, I'll just save the confusion for if I bother to buy the whole game.

This will one of those games I will play at weekends at night when no friends are around so I won't feel like a pervert. It's from the Persona guys so I'm sure it won't be too over the top...Though considering how laughable Kanji's and Rise's dungeons from Persona 4 that's not to be expected.

broken-serenity:
Atlus should spend less time with this sort of thing and more time opening an EU office so more people can play there games around the world instead of just a token few in Asia and the US.

I know, right? I'm sick of waiting months for some of the best games anybody is bothering to make this generation. The wait for Demon's Souls was 9 months! And well over a year if I consider the Japanese version. God knows when we'll get Catherine here in the EU. I'm 16 right now, and I was worried as to whether I'd be able to legally purchase it but all things considered, I'll probably be old enough by the time somebody bothers to release it here.

 

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