Catherine: Full Body, announced earlier this week for Japan, has been confirmed to be getting a Western release, as the debut trailer for the game was released.
The upcoming quirky puzzle platformer is a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita remake of Catherine, which was originally released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.
Atlus Announces 'Catherine: Full Body' Western Release
The development of Catherine: Full Body will be led by Katsura Hashino, the director and producer of the 2011 original title. This means that players who enjoyed Catherine will likely be looking forward to Catherine: Full Body, which will add online battles and new difficulty levels.
Catherine: Full Body shares certain elements with Persona 5, the current Atlus hit title that was nominated as Game of the Year in The Game Awards 2017, such as the anime vibe and the in-game social components. However, Catherine: Full Body will also be part puzzle game instead of RPG, with themes that are deeply rooted in morality and sexuality.
There were also rumors that Catherine: Full Body would be coming to the Nintendo Switch, as an email from Atlus contained trademark notices for the hybrid console. Atlus later claimed that the information was a simple copy-and-paste mistake, but now fans are clamoring even more for a Nintendo Switch version.
Early 'Catherine: Full Body' Controversy
Atlus has also released the debut trailer for Catherine: Full Body, giving gamers a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming remake.
The trailer is in Japanese, but it is somewhat easy to follow everything that is happening. The video is slight NSFW though, so take caution before playing it.
The debut trailer highlights the addition of Rin, the third romance option for the game's main character Vincent after Katherine and Catherine. The end of the video, however, apparently hints that Rin is a trans woman, as Vincent was shown to be very shocked while he was looking at the crotch area of Rin.
The possibility that Rin is a trans woman is stirring controversy because in the original Catherine, there was a trans woman who was deadnamed, or called by her name before her transition, and mocked as her identity was revealed. Given the game's history, there are concerns that Rin will be treated in the same, disrespectful manner.
All of this is speculation and it would be great if Atlus would prove that there is no need for such worries, but the developer's track record might not inspire hope for gamers in the LGBTQ community.