Well, it always helps when the game is available on multiple platforms.
Unlike last year's Demon's Souls , this year's Catherine is available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. And with excellent review scores and plenty of enticing marketing, Atlus is now enjoying the single biggest game launch in the company's history. The title has shipped more units than any other Atlus game and hence, they're plenty happy. Said Tim Pivnicny, Atlus vice president of sales and marketing:
"Catherine has exceeded our highest expectations. It released last week to tremendous critical acclaim and fan response, bolstered by the release of a demo a couple weeks prior, and continues to generate discussion among fans for its mature themes, engrossing subject matter, and frantic, challenging gameplay.
It is fitting, then, that Catherine can boast the largest launch in the 20-year history of Atlus, and continues to see strong sales at retail."
We don't have exact numbers, but it's enough to know that Atlus has succeeded. The game really is refreshing and addictive , so we had hoped the developer and publisher would be rewarded for their efforts. It'll be interesting to see the sales tally, though… Remember when 3D Dot Game Heroes sold way above expectations? That was cool, too.
Related Game(s): Catherine