Fans of Catherine, sit up and take notice. The twisted, morality-governed puzzler from PS3 days is receiving new attention from Atlus and will be ported to PS4 and Vita sometime in the near future. We’re not just talking updated graphics here – there’s a bunch of new features to cover, so let’s get down and dirty.
First, the name – Catherine: Full Body. Now hold your horses, everyone. Yes, there’s a hidden meaning in that title, but it’s not what you’re probably thinking. Full body references wines with over 12.5% to 13.5% alcohol, called full body wines. Though there will be more body to this re-release in the form of added scenes for both Catherine and Katherine, cross-save between Vita and PS4, and even online battles. But there’s one more itty bitty addition…
Meet Rin, the new third Catherine (Cathe-Rin, get it? Explains the name right there). She plays the piano at the bar Vincent goes to, and with her presence comes an entirely new branch to the story. Whereas in the original, it was a fairly obvious choice between the two previous women, it seems this third path might serve to demonstrate that things aren’t all that simple. Rin is described by Atlus as being gentle and honest, a departure from the other two in terms of personality.
New difficulty modes have been added to the experience, apparently including an easier one. Details like release dates and whether the original voice actors will return have not been revealed. This information is very new, having appeared in the latest Famitsu magazine. But there will be a dedicated live stream on Nico Nico on December 22 at 4:30 a.m. Central time (that’s 7:30 p.m. over there in Japan). Developer info and a new trailer are expected to be shown, so look for it on streaming sites later that day.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.