Famed RPG developer Atlus recently held a “Golden Employment Special” broadcast looking to hire new developers for upcoming projects. Many of the projects it teased and talked about involved the recently formed Studio Zero, which Atlus opened in 2016, but surprisingly, it didn’t mention any of its established RPG franchises like Persona or Etrian Odyssey.
Instead, a special “guest appearance” during the broadcast came from a character by the name of Midnight Venus, the alias of Rue Ishida from Atlus’ cult-classic puzzle game Catherine. Midnight Venus played host to the broadcast, and after the show wrapped up, she continued speaking to the Studio Zero staff over a black screen.
In her playful and scripted conversation, she mentions “a job offer” from Atlus, possibly hinting that the studio plans on using the character in a new game.
By the way, I’m looking forward to the fantasy RPG of course…
But will there even be anything for me to do?
Maybe a lot of you are actually wondering?
This time, I will be the new heroine! Just kidding…
Huh, the offer for my next job is on the table?
It’s a stretch, but the implication of this conversation is that Atlus is working on Catherine 2 or at least another game where Midnight Venus can take part.
Catherine was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2011. Fans and critics widely praised it for its excellent platforming puzzles, but the game also received a lot of appreciation for its very honest and open plot about a man who is cheating on his longtime girlfriend. The spin on this story and its unique mechanics, not to mention a tie to the Shin Megami Tensei series, made it one of the sleeper-hits of the previous generation.
A sequel from Atlus would be much appreciated.