Atlus has announced through Twitter that the official Catherine demo will be available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on July 12th; next Tuesday. Where, when and what the demo will consist of was not detailed.
Before announcing the upcoming availability of the demo, Atlus Tweeted the following bit and then linked out to the trailer at the top of this article.
Have you ever had a dream where you died? What if dying in your dreams meant that you died in real life?
Don’t worry, we’re just as confused as you are.
Catherine is the highly Japanese, extremely strange, sexually charged, romantic, erotic puzzle-platformer that was developed by the same folks behind the fan-favorite Persona. The title has been out in Japan since February, and has been the talk of their gaming world sporadically since then. I can attest to the prevalence of the title in Japanese gaming and electronics stores as customers swarmed displays with the title in play.
Atlus U.S.A. is taking a risk with localizing this title for the United States. The title has been chided and cited for being a little too difficult and packing astoundingly ridiculous AI. More than that, though, is the inherent risk that comes from taking a property that is so overtly Japanese in presentation and nature and hoping to sell it to American consumers.
The game premiered for the PS3 in Japan on top of the charts. It’s highly unlikely that it will release here in the States to the same swarm of success. The markets are just, simply put, different.
But, if you’re interested (and I think you should be), the game’s demo will be available next Tuesday. Give it a try, be creeped out, enjoy.