Catherine tops 500,000 units sold

Parent company's financial report reveals Atlus' horror puzzler has moved half a million copies.

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The last report out of Atlus regarding Catherine sales pegged the puzzler at 200,000 units sold within a week of its late-July launch. Two months later, that number has more than doubled.

Catherine is now a halfway-to-platinum blond.

According to an Andriasang translation of Atlus parent company Index Corporation's yearly earnings, Catherine has now surpassed 500,000 in worldwide sales. That number could be considerably goosed next year when the game officially launches in Europe.

A horror-themed puzzle game, 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 review of Catherine.

Discussion

76 comments
AsakiPhreek
AsakiPhreek

Bravo Atlus. You more than deserved this. This game is nothing short of a work of art.

TheDigitalDomo
TheDigitalDomo

This game is amazing. If you're looking for something original or unique this is the way to go.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I for one enjoyed the game, Congrats to Atlus

hasancakir
hasancakir

Actually it's less than I expected. Probably next Persona game will do much better than Catherine

Henninger
Henninger

@ every1 who is saying the game is pervy Shut up! There's no nudity in the game if u bought it in the states. Catherine is a brilliant game! I dont use the word brilliant often so when i say it i mean it. Idc wut any1 says, Catherine is my GOTY so far! This game is by far the best i've played this year (i said that i've played so dont hate, say im buggin & then start naming games in ur guy's opinion is better than Catherine). I dont think Catherine will get GOTY because of all the hype that Skyrim is getting (& by the looks of it deservedly so). But if Catherine isnt even nominated, then every1 in the gaming business who has a say in wut the finalist should b 4 GOTY didnt do their job & slept on a GREAT game. Congrats Atlus! U definately have a gem on ur hands. Keep up the good work!

metalkitten
metalkitten

to those who think the game is pervy - there is no nudity like western games like god of war and heavy rain for example that they decided to market the game heavily on it is one thing - but dont judge a book by its cover

DreadDLordD
DreadDLordD

A lot can be learnt from this piece of art. Because thematic wise it's certainly stepping in new territory for gaming.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Hmmm... looks a bit.... pervy no?

Rocker6
Rocker6

@mdchapel9 I say its much better to get an unique game that you will thoroughly enjoy than get drunk and have a stupid hangover and all that crap next morning :P @Son_of_Bmore Who cares,both are FPS games made by two greedy corporations that dont care about gaming at all.This is a real game,made by ppl who actually have a desire to innovate,to be creative with their games,not just rip us off with multiple methods.

metalkitten
metalkitten

im european and bought it at release from canada i hate hard games so i was a lil scared but u can put very easy cheat, and trust me after playing easy u have by then learned enough so normal is a breeze too - it was for me the stuff u unlock are very hard though the game is simply awesome and its great with something fresh - im picky about puzzle games but this one did work for me also - there are 7 endings - do not play the game just once or twice and get the 2 bad ones - this is a game that deserves to have all endings seen since it made me love the game even more!!! the characters are likable and not the typical 17 year old lil blond guy id love to see some of the characters again actually - especially orlando:P the cutscenes are awesome and the toilet scenes hilarious

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Awesome! Congrats to Atlus for bringing something unique to the game (as we all know they're good at doing) and 'kudos' gamers that contributed to those kick-ass sales numbers (I hope to be one by the year's end). The deserve every penny of it! There needs to be FAR more true mature titles like this (as too w/ Heavy Rain)....keep 'em coming! A many 'big boy' publisher/devs could stand to take some notes on how you can make success even out of 'niche' titles, if they're given the proper light to shine and have faith in its success (*I'm looking at YOU, Capcom* & shoddy LACK advertising for AAI). With the exception of Sony, every other one act like they scared to take a chance on less 'mainstream' titles....

Raxyman
Raxyman

@Son_of_Bmore MW and BF have two small things called "Hype", which means people will blindly buy like a horde of worshippers. Catherine didn't had that, so it's a great milestone for a game that decided, DAN DAN DAAAAAN, innovate. Y'know? Not just update graphics?

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Great News!! Congrats Atlus!! I have my paid for copy!

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Cool but MW & BF had that many preorders yesterday

Brokenhope69
Brokenhope69

Also, this game was incredibly easy. If you use the Super Easy mode code then you can blaze through each puzzle within seconds or minutes at most.

Brokenhope69
Brokenhope69

This is my pick for GOTY. Runner ups would be Deus Ex: Human Revolution, L.A. Noire, Portal 2, Dragon Age II, Resistance 3 and Uncharted 3.

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

The story and style interest me but I don't like puzzle games all that much and the difficulty looks nerve racking.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Was worth the US to EU import, all I have to say. Congratulations.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Awesome, awesome game. It was one of the best I played this year.

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

Decent numbers for a new IP but still very disappointing since the game was amazing. I got my copy so at least I showed support for something new and I still play the game to this day, it is terrific.

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

come on i am dying to get this game goddamit EU late release :(

pokecharm
pokecharm

this really is a testament to word-of-mouth about this game! I know it's on my Wish List, but it is still coming in 'new' at over $50...

Ryouji_kaji
Ryouji_kaji

@majere613 True, but if it's coming over here, I'd rather have the version that'll be over here. Sometimes imports screw things up. For example DLC. I need a US PSN account in order to download DLC for it, and also a US credit card/PSN voucher. As the DLC from the UK PSN does not work on US games (I tried when the first BlazBlue game came out, and had to buy a UK one to get the DLC. Had to start again as the US save didn't work on my new UK game. Also same thing with Rock Band.). Same thing with Dead Space 2, there's even a glitch where you have to get a US game save of Dead Space 1 on some versions of Dead Space 2 in order to get the refurbished plasma cutter. So I'll just have to be patient, no matter how it sucks ¬_¬.

majere613
majere613

Erm, just a reminder that since Catherine is a Ps3 game, (therefore region free) the US version runs just fine on an EU Ps3. On eBay right now from about £35.

Nemesis958
Nemesis958

Still waiting for the damn EU release.

franzito
franzito

I'll get in Christmas but, since I saw the cover months ago, I knew it'd be a hit

MemberUnknown
MemberUnknown

This is one of the games that I am actually pleased about selling well. Atlus put a different perspective on the adventure and platforming genres.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Dear Atlus, thank you for taking the risk of translating this awesome game to english, I hope it sells many more copies unlike some company who has a RPG series which I will not mention here but has been ignoring us by not releasing their games outside of Japan despite a huge popular demand. Or so the tales go. Sincerely: GunBladeHero

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

congratulations Atlus! you just punched the naysayers of niche titles right in the.......stomach.

Ryouji_kaji
Ryouji_kaji

I cannot believe we're having to wait until next year for this, it's back to the PS2 horror decade were we had to wait 1-3 years to even get the big titles like the US and Japan had ¬_¬. I hate being a gamer in the UK, we always get screwed (okay, one or two times we get it okay but that's a rarity). Like with games coming late, not getting the limited edition, or them not coming out at all ¬_¬. I swear I'm gonna learn Japanese for all those awesome games I've been missing out on.

John_Read
John_Read

was there any need to delay European version ? next time please release the game in time i am dying to play it

AFiercePancake
AFiercePancake

And the numbers will continue to rise. Looking forward to getting my hands on this game.

chappy_man
chappy_man

seemed lower than i expected. I guess the gameplay doesn't suit everyone

AnonYC
AnonYC

Deserved, it was a great ride.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

I still haven't finished it. XD I refuse to turn down the difficulty even though I haven't played many puzzle games before.

toddx77
toddx77

I havent played this yet but I really want to. I have been saving money and trying not to buy too many games at once but I will definatly for sure be buying this (new) before the end of the year. Even though I haven't played this its great to hear a game that tried something new and different has been a success.

Vrygar777
Vrygar777

@wenisman Atlus didn't publish Dark Souls Namco Bandai did. However, I agree that Atlus is an awesome company and their games are really awesome. Heres looking forward to Persona 5!

expeditopaz2008
expeditopaz2008

Could Catherine surprise everyone and get some Game of the Year prizes?:) Kudos to Atlus, this is a great game.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I love how a game so niche outsold Resistance 3 by more than double. I understand the whole "well, it was on two platforms instead of one" argument, but it really doesn't apply here. The fact Catherine outsold it on one platform is amazing. I love Insomniac, and I own all of their PS3 games, but they definitely cheaped out on the R3 ending. This was karma.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

It's to good see Atlus' first internally developed HD game has been a success. But I hope people have been buying it because of how legitimately good it is and not because they see the box and believe it's a porn game.

Strydarr
Strydarr

Atlus, specifically the Persona team, deserves every bit of this.

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

so glad the game is doing well. Catherine deserves that success. It's the first game I've played that have a really 'universal' feel, its story translates flawlessly across cultures. Here's hoping for more unique gems from Atlus!

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

helldews indeed but seeing this gives me hope that one day games like this and more Japanese developers will put a end to this fps crazy world

helldew
helldew

this is why Japanese developers need to stay to their roots. we get grea unique games like this. seeing capcom as an example focus on western styled games just makes me sad.

Decessus
Decessus

Even though I haven't played the game yet, from everything that I've read about it, I'm glad to see that it is doing well.I hope this gives more developers and publishers the confidence to create more games of this nature.