Catherine is Atlus’ Biggest Launch Title Ever

Normally, I don’t like to use In Third Person as a means of perpetuating a company’s PR cycle. Not to say that I’m anti-establishment or anything like that, but every professional or amateur video games enthusiast writer is going to write the same stories about the same press releases. Adding my own spin to a public relations piece that has been spun a million times before generally doesn’t excite me one bit.

However, this one is a bit different. The Catherine demo won me over in a big way, and I’m really loving the final product. Expect to see a review for Catherine tomorrow. I had some concerns that this game would fall on deaf ears for looking like a perverse Japanese porno game (which the game is not). Had it flopped and discouraged Atlus or others from releasing more unique products, I would have been a very sad panda. Thank goodness then for the announcement from Atlus that Catherine set an Atlus sales record, having shipped more units at launch than any other Atlus game in the publisher’s 20-year history.

This is a huge win for gaming as a medium on multiple levels. For one, Catherine is an awesome game that deserves to be played by a lot of people. I’m hoping that most people find it as fresh and exciting as I do. Two, it shows that there’s an audience for games beyond ‘First Person Shooter 15’. Three, this is a great sign that even the quirkiest or niche Japanese games can succeed in North America (I’m looking at you, Nintendo, and your snubbing of Operation Rainfall).  Finally, when it comes to my dream vision of progressing the medium to a place where games with more adult subject matter can exist and thrive, Catherine is definitely a step in that direction.

Are you surprised by the success of Catherine? Have you had a chance to play it yet? Let’s talk about it in the comments! Also, please note that a Catherine review from In Third Person will go live tomorrow!

One thought on “Catherine is Atlus’ Biggest Launch Title Ever

  1. Josh August 4, 2011 / 4:59 AM

    Great to see Atlus doing so well for themselves, this game deserves all of it’s earning and future profits.

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