Catherine arriving July 26

All preorders of Atlus adventure puzzle game to include art book and soundtrack; Deluxe Edition packs in polka-dot boxers, T-shirt, sexy pillowcase for an extra $20.

Atlus has dated its summer fling. The publisher today announced that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 adventure puzzle game Catherine will launch in North America July 26 in standard and collector's editions.

Finally, a game that comes with underwear!

The "Love is Over" Deluxe Edition of Catherine will come bundled with some familiar items from the game. Players will get a pair of polka-dot boxers like those worn by protagonist Vincent, an "empty hearts" T-shirt sported by Catherine, and a pillowcase with the titular character's scantily clad likeness on it. The Deluxe Edition will sell for $80 and will be delivered in a pizza box from Stray Sheep, the drinking establishment featured in the game.

In addition, Atlus is offering some schwag for those who preorder either the Deluxe Edition of Catherine or the $60 standard release of the game. Gamers who commit to a purchase in advance will receive a 36-page art book, as well as an 11-track CD with remixes of the game's music.

Catherine has players navigating tricky relationship waters as Vincent. When the commitment-phobic protagonist's girlfriend Katherine starts talking about taking their relationship to the next level, Vincent finds himself straying. While out drinking with friends, he meets a flirty bombshell named Catherine, whom--after a series of events he can't quite recall--he wakes up next to the following morning.

In addition to helping Vincent make decisions to extricate himself from the situation, players will be called on to fight off the physical manifestations of his fears and guilt as he sleeps. Atlus will also include local competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, complete with leaderboard support.

Although the game is an original property, Catherine is a collaboration between a number of notable creators. Katsura Hashino, director of Persona 3 and 4, is serving as producer on Catherine, with help from that series' character artist Shigenori Soejima and composer Shoji Meguro. Going beyond the world of games, Japanese animation shop Studio4˚C (Tekkonkinkreet, Halo Legends) also lent its talents to the project.

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85 comments
Ssj-Noodles
Ssj-Noodles

Argh! how do i play this in the UK with my xbox?

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

I imagine my wife will probably destroy my pillowcase like she tried to do to my DOA Kasumi body pillow. I'll just have to store it where she can't find it when I'm not home.

hamper17
hamper17

If you are smart you will buy the deluxe version and the regular version and sell the deluxe version at a later date.

Dr_Jackal
Dr_Jackal

I'm definitely gonna pre-order the regular edition. All the other stuff kinda creeps me out. No offense to those who are gonna pre-order the deluxe edition.

soulless4now
soulless4now

It'll come in a pizza box? Now that's new. :P

Chickan_117
Chickan_117

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Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

I can't wait to play this game looks good but it's meant to be super hard(?)

Chickan_117
Chickan_117

Yes!! Time to pre-order before it gets banned in Aus ;)

ahnzz
ahnzz

looking good Catherine

ahnzz
ahnzz

looking good Catherine

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I hope Catherine does well in the North American market. This game wasn't originally going to be released here. So Catherine is a puzzle game, but it is something new over here as compared to Japan. I will buy Catherine even though I'm not the greatest at Puzzle games. Could be a cult hit over here.

shaks101
shaks101

If I buy this game, I am going to wear the panties to college

DFBTG
DFBTG

This announcement is long overdue. I'm a bit disappointed with the size of the artbook, and the goodies aren't all that great. Still, I'll probably get it.

leonichan
leonichan

Mmm, should I wait in case of EU release or just import for the pre-order goodies, eeny, meeny...? And for those who fling words like hentai around here. You haven't actually ever seen any hentai, now have you? This is not it, not even close. Light ecchi perhaps but not hentai.

xboxaficionado
xboxaficionado

Sounds like a good deal, not excellent but a good deal indeed ;)

DarkPadwan
DarkPadwan

Seems like junk... Pun intended!

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

It comes with underware! :lol: A sign that this game will be great :P

JediKnight66
JediKnight66

"Players will get a pair of polka-dot boxers" I'm sold!

monson21502
monson21502

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Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

I think NONE of you have played the demo....... believe me folks and mark my words, you'll be very disappointed....

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

I hope it's available with subs. In any case, I will see whether it get's released in Aus.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

lol nice special edition there which is pretty normal for japanese folks I guess ^^

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

@parrot_of_adun Yeah there is bizarre SE but they are usually clump in the why are you packaging this oppose to prevy stuff like a boobie mousepad or a body pillow. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood's Jack-in-the-Box and New Vegas's 7 poker chips were examples of pretty stupid,had no utility, or didn't make a good display schwag. At least with a pillowcase there is some use out of it even if it would bring shame to you if anyone ever saw it.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

actually this is actually like Heavy Rain BUT with actual GAMEplay

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

i love how people can call this game casual and not worth when it is one of the most difficult games out there even Japanese gamers needed a patch to tone down difficulty

xmootoo95
xmootoo95

So it's basically like a teasing hentai game.

Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

I have played the demo...... i think it's horrible! It's all about a simple game mechanic based on climbing a crumbling puzzle like tower!!!! Seriously this is ps2 material folks!

Blink3r
Blink3r

@dom1000 you certainly don't know anything about this game... and calling skyrim and l.a noire "great" games out of hype because they haven't even come out is plain dumb... on the other hand, this game has been out in japan for quite some time now and it's pretty awesome...

Pete5506
Pete5506

This game looks pretty neat from what I've seen, I will have to get it

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Looking like to be a very interesting game! And Shoji Meguro's musics are always top-notch!

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

@pip3dream lol If only people were as honest as you are.

pip3dream
pip3dream

I love Atlus / Persona / JRPG games / Anime / and porn. consider me sold.

Lonewolf349
Lonewolf349

@thecartman80 but unlike in america they actually put good stories and effort into making those so this should be a pretty good mature game.

dom1000
dom1000

HUH? WHAT? Where are the real game now?Everything is going to hell lately,movies,games ect...For 1 great game(L.A noire bulletstorm SKyrim) there 15 very lame casual or dance /music game that comes out.PLease game compagny stop flooding the market with stupid non sense game.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@SDBusDriver1979 Ah... Yes that's probably true. Now that you mention it, I remember having seen some really bizarre SE's. ...Still strange though.

NaryuKick
NaryuKick

This game looks interesting, but I have usually been let down by high expectations of ATLUS games in the past. I guess it just comes down to their games being a bit "too japanese" for me.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

This game looks really interesting.

-SenJu-
-SenJu-

Omoshiroi desu! Weird but interesting! I haven't played a game like this so I will try this one! Onegaishimasu! \m/

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@Samox, Wow, way to generalize a population of gamers, huh? Ha, here a daily dose of irony for ya...I'm actually a female gamer and I'm damn sure interested in getting this. OMG, shocker, right? :roll: Anywayz on topic, I've been eyeing this game for some time. When I heard some compare to anime mind-f*** that is Paranoia Agent I was freakin' sold! Doesn't hurt that it's made by Atlus either, I absolutely love their style of games (matter of fact I'm playing 2 now: 999 & Theresia). Hmm, I don't normally order CE of games but I might consider this one. It's just so damn different! lol

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

@parrot_of_adun I think Record of Agarest War takes the title of creepiest special edition but this is quite the runner up.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Twin Peaks meets Less Than Zero im in!!!!

mothboy
mothboy

this looks so stupid

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

That's the creepiest special edition I've ever seen...

franzito
franzito

@ChaosDynasty Sexually profuse I'd say

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

@shaks101 This is not even close to hentai. This is more than just another anime game, with some horror/puzzle added