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