I’m not entirely sure I believe this, but Atlus has announced – rather tersely – that its just-released-in-Japan erotic horror title Catherine will not be wading across any oceans. Specifically, they say this:
Catherine is a Japan-only game and there are no plans for a NA release at this time. Sorry about that!
No plans for a NA release presumably means no plans for a European release either. Still, given the hype this game has had sizzling around it for nearly a year, not localizing it seems like a bad business decision. Catherine debuted at #1 in Japan and sold over 200,000 units in its first week. While an extremely bizarre psychosexual drama filled with nudity and gory eroticism and men with sheep heads probably won’t burn up the sales charts over here the way it will in Japan, Atlus has a built in fanbase and might do okay.
What concerns me is that if they do a worldwide release, they’ll try to tone it down. The whole point of Catherine is that it pushes some boundaries; if they take that out for a global release they’ll have kinda ruined the point. So while I think the above statement is just a smokescreen, I’m not sure if the Catherine we finally wind up getting is the Catherine that was promised.
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