Catherine is Atlus' first HD title, built from the ground up on the Gamebryo engine; notable for powering The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, among others.
While the game is called Catherine, the main character is actually a 32-year-old salaryman named Vincent (voiced by Koichi Yamadera; Spike, Cowboy Bebop).
Catherine (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro; Elizabeth & Chidori in Persona 3 JP) is a stylish 22-year-old with the charms of a young girl who seduces him into a one-night stand.
However, Vincent has another woman in his life; his long-term girlfriend named K
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Not long after meeting Catherine, Vincent begins having nightmares of falling to his death, and being pursued by demonic creatures.
Rumors are spreading of those who cheat on their girls having the same dreams, and turning up dead in the morning.
The nightmare segments are essential giant puzzle games. Vincent has to reach the tower before he falls to his death; or worse, something drags him screaming to it.
If he doesn't escape the nightmare, he'll be found dead in the morning.
In the days between, Vincent will have to manage his relationship between the two -atherines, in between hanging out with his friends at the Stray Sheep bar.
Will Vincent choose Katherine or Catherine? Or even survive to make a decision?
The nightmares become reality in seven days.
Vincent: The Protagonist. A 32-year old salaryman with no ambition in work or love.
Katherine, Vincent's long-term girlfriend. Knows more about Vincent than anyone, and expects him to start committing to their relationship, and soon.
Catherine, a young girl whom seduces Vincent into a one-night stand. Enjoys her free-will, and has no plans to marry or be stuck with one man for any length of time.
Jonathan, one of Vincent's friends. A bachelor who moves from one girl to the next. Will not marry until he meets 'the one'.
Tobey, another of Vincent's friends. A laid-back mechanic with a crush on Erica.
Orlando, the last of Vincent's friends. Likes to drink.
Erica, a 32-year-old waitress at the Stray Sheep; Vincent's favorite hangout.
Master, the bartender and owner of the Stray Sheep.
Music by Shoji Meguro (Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Strange Journey, Persona 3 & 4, Raidou Kuzunoha, etc.)
Directed by Katsura Hoshino(Persona 4)
Character design by Shigenori Soejima(Persona 3 & 4, Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity).
Release date: February 17th (JP), ??? (everywhere else).
The PS3 version will be region free, the 360 version is supposedly region-locked.
It is as yet unknown whether those who import will receive the artbook/OST combo:
but let's positive thinking.
The Asian version is $5 less, but will not contain English subtitles
The gameplay segments will be somewhat import friendly, as most of the commands are displayed in English.
The cellphone texting elements... not so much.