|Catherine: Full Body|
|Developer||Atlus (Studio Zero)|
|Release dates|| February 14, 2019 (Japan)|
2019 (Western countries & Europe)
|Platforms||PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita (Japan only)|
- "The love triangle is now a love square!"
- — Tagline
Catherine: Full Body is a remake/enhanced port of the 2011 Catherine video game. Full Body will be developed and published by Atlus' Studio Zero Team for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
The reason the developers chose the subtitle Full Body is due to its relation to full-bodied wine. Full Body is Catherine with more content (or depth), like a full-bodied wine. It also sounded more erotic, as the developers are going to increase the eroticness.
Atlus confirmed the game will be localized into English and is coming to the West. Unfortunately, it seems that the game will probably not be released for the Vita in the West. The Western release will have English-Japanese dual audio.
It is unknown if any of the English voice actors will return to reprise their roles. It is unclear how much new voice acting will need to be done.
As of the end of 2017, development of the game was noted to be about 50% complete.
Major changes from original
- There is now a third girl named Rin, who is the pianist at the Stray Sheep. Rin's involvement in the story will cause a split between Catherine and Katherine.
- There will be new "sexy events", episodes, and over 20 new animated cutscenes to further develop the characters of Catherine, Katherine, and Rin. There will be new endings for Rin and additional endings for both Catherine and Katherine.
- There will be new patrons to talk to at the Stray Sheep.
- In the Japanese version (unknown in the Western release), you can change Catherine’s voice to 1 of 11. In addition to Miyuki Sawashiro (Catherine’s main voice actor), 10 additional voice-overs will be released as downloadable content. Each unannounced voice actor has previously played the role of an adulterous lover. These include:
- There are swimsuit costumes for everyone.
- There will be some Persona 5-crossover content in Full Body. These include Persona 5 skins for Vincent and his friends, and a playable Joker with the Phantom Thieves giving supporting dialogue. Trisha is also seen interacting with the Phantom Thieves in a cutscene. Upon clearing stages as Joker, the player will enjoy small event scenes with the Phantom Thieves.
- A wide level of difficulty options is also available.
- There is a safety mode for players who hate the block-climbing portion of the game. No time limit and no game over.
- There is an auto play mode which automatically climbs the shortest route.
- There are two modes: "Original" and "Arrange".
- Original Mode enables the option to play the unaltered stages from the first version of game, although they have been adjusted a little.
- Arrange Mode features new mechanics and gimmicks, such as being able to link together a wide variety of blocks. There will be at least one completely brand new stage in Arrange mode, which may be an outer-space themed level seen in a screenshot.
- There are more than 500 stages—twice the amount of the original game. This includes new stages for the Rapunzel mini-game.
- There are new stages for Babel and Colosseum, and the two game modes can be played immediately and do not need to be unlocked. Both modes now support online play.
Catherine: Full Body will have an online battle mode, inspired by the competitive scene overseas. Atlus states that they noticed the competitive Catherine scene, which is what lead them to developing online features for the remaster.
There is an online ranking system. Players can choose between ranked matches, which pairs up player of a similar level, or random which involves anyone.
In Japan (as the Western release seems cancelled), the game will feature the ability to cross-save between PS4 and Vita. There will be cross-play between PS4 and Vita users.
In Japan, the limited edition will include a slip art box, four-disc soundtrack CD, art book, and special downloadable content set.
Although Full Body is not out, Rin's character received some controversy due to the possibility and concern that Rin may be a transphobic joke.
Before the game was released, it was revealed that the latter half of the story mode of Full Body will be Share-blocked to prevent streaming to prevent spoilers on the Internet, with no news of a patch to remove it in the future. This is reminiscent of Persona 5 which still has Share blocked for the entire game, despite that it has been out since the middle of 2017. This has turned people away from the game who will not buy it until confirmation of a patch to remove it eventually will be released, similar to how Kingdom Hearts games on PS4 (specifically, the movies and 0.2) received a patch to enable Share functions later. Atlus' anti-streaming policy has been criticized because gamers will use capture cards and PS4's Remote Play, and spoilers will wind up online anyway.
The Trivia for Tonight.....
- The logo is meant to be reminiscent of a woman's rear.
- The opening has a new remix of "Yo!" with female vocals.
- The Japanese release of the game is on Valentine's Day.
- Fans have begun a petition aimed at Atlus for a way to save Steve Delhomme, or, at the very least, add more Steve fanservice.
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