We've been covering Catherine for two reasons: 1. it's original, and 2. we had hoped Atlus would bring it to North America.

Well, the game is still quite original but it seems the publisher has "no plans" to bring the horror/erotic title to the US…or anywhere outside of Japan, for that matter. A US Atlus PR representative gave Beefjack the bad news:

"Catherine is a Japan-only game and there are no plans for a NA release at this time. Sorry about that!"

At least they're sorry. But maybe if there's enough interest from other regions and the game continues to do well on the Japanese sales charts… It has beaten out the recently released Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on the all-formats charts, despite the apparent insane difficulty.

Sadly, it just might not resonate with the American population; it's clearly an anime drama that is designed for the Japanese audience. But hey, there are gamers in this country who would love to try something new, regardless of setting and style. Think about it, Atlus.

Related Game(s): Catherine

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SmokeyPSD
SmokeyPSD
9 years ago

NOOOOOO!!!!!! I really wanted this!!!!

My morning has been ruined ūüôĀ

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

My thoughts exactly. Well… not so much the morning being ruined, but still sucks.

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
9 years ago

and I'm on my way to Japan…or not…anyone know how to say "SCREW YOU!" in Japanese?

But I can see where they are coming from…Thise type of game might not do well over here. The fans of this type of game would be few and far between all the other NA gamers.

I was a bit interested in this game but I always felt it would have been one of those weird games I would have been able to play when anyone else was around…lol.


Last edited by CH1N00K on 2/25/2011 9:55:32 PM

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Perhaps they could patch the Japanese release with English subtitles for everything on screen, or English advertising as opposed to Japanese advertising, thus allowing other gamers who ARE interested to import it?

Can you hear me ATLUS? A patch! For English! In the Japanese version! For fans to import and still play!!

Can't be all that hard, can it?

SmokeyPSD
SmokeyPSD
9 years ago

YES! Do that Atlus!

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

yes they could leave in the original voices and use minimal effort and just convert the text

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

I really, really need to learn japanese

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Rosetta Stone FTW. if you have a iDevice there are countless apps that work wonders and the best ones are free.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

Rosetta Stone rules. But the price of the programs doesn't make them feasible for a lot of people.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

I don't get it. If it only releases in Japan, why even make a 360 version.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

lol, sick burn.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Is there any actual confirmation of a 360 version in existence?

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Yes and it also beat MvsC3 360 version.

7.Catherine (Atlus, X360, 2/17): 21,936 (NEW)
8.Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Capcom, X360, 2/17): 13,779 (NEW)


Last edited by Oxvial on 2/26/2011 1:11:52 AM

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Hmm, pretty impressive for the 360 but I see the PS3 version taking the top spot.

1. Catherine PS3 – 140,000
7. Catherine 360 – 20,000

I guess it justifies a 360 version but I say they should have spent that time working on another project that would or should sell more than 20,000.


Last edited by cLoudou on 2/26/2011 1:34:33 AM

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Outsold 7:1… They took the time and resources to port/develop the game to/on the 360, knowing that games on the platform don't sell especially well in Japan, but they won't take on the (comparatively simple?) task of adding in English voice overs (and other language subtitles for the European version)? That's just… criminal.
Peace.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

yes it wasn't worth, perhaps they didn't want to release the game only on Japan but something happened.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Maybe the ESRB giving Ar Tonelico Quoga an M rating was a concern for them considering the relative difference in content between Catherine and a game like ATQ. They might have worried about getting the game rated at all.

Mystearica
Mystearica
9 years ago

I expected this….

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Good thing the PS3 games are region free. or is that just Blu-ray? but the games are Blu-ray.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Games are region free, online play is often regionally locked because of the online servers being geographically close and what not.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

*sigh*

So many good Japanese games just don't get time over here even when they do arrive. It's a shame that this has to be a casualty without a chance to prove itself.

As for changing their minds, NISA would be our best bet for seeing this game stateside. I'd suggest lobbying them hard (this innuendo brought to you by the game BulletStorm ) on the topic.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Yea, sadly that's true. but those that do make it over are just great.

anyone remember Mr. Mosquito?

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

wow highlander you play bulletstorm? i figured you as the too intellectual to play those games type…

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

wow highlander you play bulletstorm? i figured you as the too intellectual to play those games type…

Ultimate_Balla
Ultimate_Balla
9 years ago

Bxxch move, Atlus, bxxch move!

___________
___________
9 years ago

dont apologize, fix it!
why is it that all the different unique games we have to wait eons for, or plain miss out, but the crap dull as dishwater games we get same time as everyone else?

IronFace2
IronFace2
9 years ago

This is why I love Japan lol

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Why do you love Japan? Because they keep their unique games over there but try to cater to westerners what they think we like?

C'mon give us something different. Give us something we've love, give us turn-based JRPGs. Down with real time!(

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Oh I see you're joking.

I = fail

IronFace2
IronFace2
9 years ago

Yeah I'm joking, but Japan have really hot girls and have a bizarre sense of humor, but I digress.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

I love Japan too but what I don't love stated in my reply to you above.

IronFace2
IronFace2
9 years ago

No worries m8

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

This is really bad. I have a feeling Japan's going to start making games only/mostly for Japan while hiring amateur Western devs to make "Western games" like the DmC reboot.

Microsoft pushed cancer into v-games.

Sadly it affected the Japanese industry first.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Don't say that. It makes me feel cold inside.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

Thus the reason I imported it. It'll just take me a little longer to get things translated out. D'oh!

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I had never played one of these games and was looking forward to trying this one out, especially since it was from atlus and this gen I've really been happy with them.

This however has given me an angry face and made me wonder why we have to miss out on so many good games. Are they trying to punish us for the xbots buying all those crap games?

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

It's not about what Xbox users are buying it's all about what American gamers will buy. They probably can't afford to spend the money for localization and not make any of it back because people wont be interested in a strictly puzzle only game. I guess no one ever decided to look at it this way.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

oh, i think the rise of xbox as the hardcore game machine of choice in the us is a huge factor. it has a lot japanese companies confused. they look at sales, and just assume that certain types of games won't appeal here. all the cod sales are smothering the industry.

maybe catherine was too offbeat to make it here, i'm just soirry it never got the chance.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

I still stand by that it's American gamers. You are going to sit there and tell me that most all PS3 users would buy this game? I'm playing it and I'm going to go out of my way to say that this game would not sell to the expectations of making profit for Atlus. Now they may eventually bring it here, as they have most all their previous games, but I can understand completely if they chose not to.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Well to be fair, most xbots reside in the U.S. I live here too, but apparently not everyone can be as intelligent and informed as I.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

While I will not condone your ability to feel that way about yourself, I will say that I as well am America, and having imported this game and having played it first hand, I can honestly say that no, this game not coming Stateside has nothing to do with the amount of Xbox currently sold here in the US. If we can put down the fanboy goggles for just a moment, you will notice that it's a puzzle game and probably wont sell half of what the Japanese version did strictly because of that. I would have been in line first day to pick this up if it got localized, however I am not millions of people, so my dollar would be meaningless.

I'm hardpressed to say that it would almost fall on the border of common sense, but then again as you have stated, you should have been well aware of this.


Last edited by DIsmael85 on 2/26/2011 4:32:46 AM

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Perhaps you aren't understanding me, I'm not being fanboyish at all. It is a known fact that this type of game sells poorly on xbox and it is another known fact that xbox sells better in america than most anywhere else in the world.

I was also saying that I on the other hand, was hoping to purchase this game. I don't really know what you're upset about as we both want to purchase the game. You have imported it from Japan, you say, well I would but translating games and reading scripts during a game is just not something I do, pulls me out of the experience.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

Not upset one bit, just a bit shocked, or maybe I shouldn't be that when game like this may not come stateside the first thing people will blame is the xbox. I fail to see how one console, which by the way the game was released on, would prevent PS3 owners from owning it. Looking at the whole picture it's safe to say the game may not interest most American gamers. I know people with PS3's that do not like Japanese games. So go figure.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

Doesn't surprise me in the least. If people here in the U.S. are freaking out over the Bulletstorm trophy names, I could just imagine how they would react to this one. People get offended by anything nowadays. It's ridiculous. Guess I'll be importing it now.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

theyd call it videogame porn

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
9 years ago

honestly i never expected this to come to the states for some reason. just give me a new SMT/Persona for the ps3 please

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

nope i would not say most ps3 users would buy it, but they would be more open to it.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

Being open to it doesnt sell copies. So it'd be a huge risk for Atlus to localize it based on that preconception. Hey Im with everyone that I would totally buy this game "again" if it were to release stateside. I'm having an enjoyable time playing through my import copy. I'd even spend 100 dollars "again" to have it translated and US friendly. That's not saying everyone feels the same way I do.

I say if there is one major issue hindering the sales of games like Catherine it is the reviewing of games. Some folks base their entire decision on whether or not a game will score high marks. Lately this gaming Gen, it seems that is what holds high on whether you will consider buying a game, especially one like Catherine that caters more to a Japanese audience. Just some things to take into consideration.

RebelJD
RebelJD
9 years ago

In the demo of Catherine…the opening scene has three guys (friends) sitting at a table in a bar drinking beer and eating pizza. How the "f" is that not American?! In fact, I'd love to see more games provide scenery that we Americans can relate to. Japan and the rest of the world is and has always been obsessed with American lifestyle. The sad thing is that America tires of it's own lifestyle.

Difficult? So what. Difficult doesn't stand for "can't be beat". If something is difficult it only asks for your direct attention. Japan-only for a game that caters to a Japanese culture who love American culture which the game "Catherine" and virtually all other forms of entertainment are based on. Funny.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

All I can say is you've only played the demo. Demo.