Catherine first week US sales top 200,000

Atlus trumpets seven-day milestone for sexy horror-themed puzzler on Xbox 360, PS3.

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From Software's Demon's Souls proved to be a major hit for Atlus, after the localization-oriented publisher sold more than 250,000 units of the game in the US after some five months of availability. It would appear as if Atlus has another hit on its hands, as the publisher confirmed today that its sexually charged horror puzzle game Catherine has sold 200,000 units during its first week of availability in the US.

Atlus announced the milestone via cake.

Atlus' first game internally developed for current-generation consoles, Catherine received a strong critical reception upon its release for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the US on July 26. That release followed on from its February 17 bow in Japan, where it sold more than 160,000 units during its first week. The game is expected to arrive in Europe and elsewhere later this year.

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 are called on to fight off the physical manifestations of his fears and guilt as he sleeps. The game also includes local competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes, complete with leaderboard support.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Catherine.

Discussion

84 comments
varunvikram1
varunvikram1

@monson21502 too japanese for u, thats like being racist.

Brokenhope69
Brokenhope69

So... I guess the cake isn't a lie after all.

Jehuty08
Jehuty08

happy to hear this, Catherine is an awesome game. didnt ralize that the 360 version had Katherine on the cover, kinda cool that they switched it up like that

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Congrats, Atlus! Keep the unique games comin'! :) I'm only sorry I didn't have enough money to get it the first week, but rest assured your game is still high on my list! This & DEHR are my hot games (no pun) for the summer.

zinoalex
zinoalex

This is such a great game and such a welcome release in the gaming world. I'm sure that owners of both consoles can agree of that. I know some won't like just because they think persona is TOO DARK> but this is not Persona. the voice acting is topnotch as is the action in the game. Hope to see it sell 500,000 soon!

torbonator
torbonator

CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......I can't wait till this comes out in the UK

endorbr
endorbr

Initially wasn't interested in this title after hearing about it. Saw some more about it and my interest got piqued. Watched a demo of the gameplay. Downloaded the demo from PSN. And was totally back to not interested by the end of the demo. This game is marketed as kind of a pervy anime adult themed game. But its really just a block puzzle game with a story about this whiny dude who drinks too much and doesn't want to take responsibilty for his stupid decisions. I hate to say it but I think it would have been more interesting if it was the pervy game they keep trying to say it is.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

This is how to promote a japanese game to the western market...you hear me EA?

Brokenhope69
Brokenhope69

After 20 years of gaming and Snatcher being #1 on my list a majority of those years, Catherine takes the top spot! Best game I ever played. Also, on Easy (or with Very Easy enabled), the puzzle sections are laughably easy. The game is far from hard unless you attempt it on Hard (or even Medium). All you do is keeping getting those energy drink that let you jump 3 blocks high and your done with each puzzle within minutes.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Wonder what will happen in sequel. A threesome?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Not bad for a game that was originally not going to be released in the U.S.A. I bought a copy on release day. Even though I suck at puzzle games and will be lucky if I can complete Catherine. This is a great game will a good storyline. Plus it is a "new" concept for North America. That is way I bought it.

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

It's good to hear this game has had success. I felt slightly guilty having no urge to get the game.

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

i knew this game would do great :D the intensity inside the game is really rare to see elsewhere :D

Harrymanhunter1
Harrymanhunter1

@monson21502 yeah and COD and Gears of War make u happy in your pants right?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

To everyone here saying the horrible statement that "this game succeeded because of boobs": 1) You NEVER see full nudity in the game. 2) If we want boobs, we can just go to internet; the hard thing in internet is NOT finding porn. 3) I honestly think that, for some reason, you are pissed to see this games triumph... that's quite sad/pointless and lacks any sense.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@liam82517 You can't see a thing of the game in 5 minutes...

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

"Atlus' first game internally developed for current-generation consoles." So the internally developed Trauma Center games on Wii does't count? Or does Gamespot have a 360 and PS3 bias?

rome_tx
rome_tx

Alright Atlus. It's always great to see them succeed.

hunter8man
hunter8man

One of the best games of the year. This shows that gamers do still care about original concepts.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@Neo_Sarevok The problem is that people still has the twisted idea that anime, manga, and cartoon are only for children, so they edit everything to make it appears its for children. But to me if you edit a anime full of nude, sex, violence and blood, will not change the fact that the anime isn't for children.

BigChucker
BigChucker

Played through it and got the good ending. I'm going through it again to get the alternate ending very entertaining game, only thing i would say is the controls can be a little goofy especially if your hanging on the otherside of the blocks. Happy to hear that Altus is balling out of control. Now i will anxiously wait for Persona 5.

Henninger
Henninger

1 more thing. I think its safe to say that Catherine has put Atlus on the map. The Persona games got them a little buz, Demon's Souls got them noticed a lot more, & Catherine got them on the map. Keep it up Atlus.

macca366
macca366

Great game. Some of the sales had to be due to more marketing right? Because I'd seen this game around the circuit, but I would have never heard of persona had it not been for word of mouth. Atlus realizes it tends to lean towards a niche market, but this is evidence that newcomers can enjoy their games too. Congrats

FonikhSoupia
FonikhSoupia

Can't wait to get my hands on this game, as soon as the PAL edition comes out!!

Henninger
Henninger

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Henninger
Henninger

Im sorry but Catherine is by far the best game i've played so far this year! The puzzles r challenging, the story is crazy, & u control the outcome with ur respones. I can honestly say that i havent played a game this brilliant in a long time! Gamespot please @ the very least nominate this game 4 game of the year. This game is very impressive & i already got other ppl who i didnt think would like this game, hooked on it. Atlus u did a great job & this is definately a gem.

anthonycg
anthonycg

Who was that idiot that said puzzle games don't sale?

varunvikram1
varunvikram1

Deserved yea i get it but why just release it in US, i mean shouldnt they have started with a worldwide release like all major publishers. This has always been Atlus's problem, they are responsible for good games like demons souls, persona no doubt but when it comes to distribution they are lousy about it. If they are gonna do this why not just make the game available in the psn store making for a somewhat easy purchase. Not what you would expect from a good publisher. Sucks for anyone like me who wants to play this and lives in europe or asia for that matter.

wurdmann
wurdmann

I'm enjoying the game. The puzzles would be a LOT more fun if there was not time aspect to them. I like pressure as much as the next guy, but this one lays it on a little thick.

monson21502
monson21502

too japanese for me... these games make my head hurt too much

Barighm
Barighm

Further proof demos help sales.

helldew
helldew

Atlus did a brilliant job advertising this and showing this game to people and getting them to scratch their heads. good job atlus.

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

Maybe these strong sales will motivate Japanese visual novel companies to translate and sell games in America. Though Catherine is not visual-novel based, it squashes the rumor that America isn't afraid of anime covers and sexually stimulating titles. What Americans "need" is to see proper advertising. It's no wonder visual novels sell so poorly when companies never advertise them!

sick_dope_rad
sick_dope_rad

I'm really surprised to hear this kind of game is getting good number, I'm happy to hear it though. i just played the demo and it's awesome, I'll probably pick it up soon.

Strydarr
Strydarr

The team behind the Persona games are just genius. I thoroughly enjoyed this game from them as well.

jmizzal
jmizzal

After Shadow of the dammed and Alice returns sales by the big EA im shocked by these numbers

KillbombX
KillbombX

I usually dig most of what Atlus publishes but I just didn't care for the demo of Catherine at all from the puzzles to the storyline.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I know Catherine is not a visual novel but this and games like 999 show there is a market for different types of games apart from just fps. I wish we could get some games from 5pb personally such as Stein; Gate.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Nice, glad to hear it. Shows that there are still plenty of gamers out there looking for quality games of all types, not just the latest FPS.

zzamaro
zzamaro

It's a shame this game doesn't sell like it deserves in the US while COD sells 100 times more and it doesn't deserve it. Well, as long as Atlus keep bringing us their games to America, we who know about true quality will buy them.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

It's great to hear Catherine has achieved a milestone in sales for Atlus. They are a developer that certainly deserves fame for all the quality they put into their game while taking dangerous but rewarding risks with game designs. Congrats Atlus! You make all of us proud. :D

eva02langley
eva02langley

@HollowNinja Better than Square for sure...

eva02langley
eva02langley

I might try it up since it is so different. If the story is crazy, it might be an interesting title. I must admit I was expecting a bad game, but it seems to hold a strange and unique quality.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

@Reyveign Agreed. I'm almost through my second playthrough. Really excited that there are 8 different endings. (Though I wonder just how differentiated they all are.)

Reyveign
Reyveign

@nocoolnamejim That's what I'm referring to. I think most people were just pleasantly surprised that there was actually a well-thought out game behind the first impression.

majin_lebeau
majin_lebeau

9.. love the story. definitely more adult