Catherine coming to North America

Atlus localizing Japanese horror adventure game for release on Xbox 360, PS3 this summer.

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Last month, the heavily hyped Marvel vs. Capcom 3 launched in Japan but found itself a distant second place on the weekly sales charts to a title largely unfamiliar to gamers in the West. Atlus is giving those gamers a chance to familiarize themselves with it, as today the publisher announced a summer North American release for Catherine on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Not pictured: Falling sheep.
Not pictured: Falling sheep.

A horror adventure 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 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.

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

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