Catherine is a game that wants to both turn me on and scare the living hell out of me. It's also a game that explores the dysfunctionality of relationships when you're a blithering idiot called Vincent. For that, I love it. It's one of my favourite PS3 games and playing through Catherine Classic last month for my review, I realised I still love it.
That makes it all the sweeter that Catherine: Full Body, the HD re-release, remaster, remake or even re-birth, whatever you want to call it, is coming west for the PS4 on the 9th of September, 2019. In keeping with the trend set by the Stray Sheep Edition on the PS3, there will be a premium edition called "Heart's Desire" and I will have it. It'll go perfectly with my Stray Sheep Edition.
As for the core features of Catherine: Full Body, here's what they are said to be:
- A Full-Bodied Remaster: The captivating tale of 2011’s award-winning Catherine returns in Catherine: Full Body - bigger and better than before. Improved visuals and gameplay, brand-new music, enhanced multiplayer options, and much more await in this enticing new package.
- From a Love Triangle to a Love Square: Explore brand-new branching story paths centering around the arrival of the mysterious amnesiac, Rin. Dozens of new cutscenes and animated cinematics have been added to delve even deeper into Vincent’s complicated present life, as well as his past.
- Puzzling Puzzles – If You Desire: Looking for a challenge? Catherine: Full Body contains over 500 puzzles, over twice that of the original game! Additionally, ‘Arrange Mode’ adds complex linked blocks to once-familiar levels, requiring new techniques and strategies to conquer them.
- It’s Not Cheating: Just looking to enjoy the story? ‘Safety Mode’ gives players the option to skip any puzzle, letting you sit back and enjoy Vincent’s tragic tale.
Am I looking forward to Catherine: Full Body? Don't be silly, of course I am. All of the original voice cast are returning too, with Troy Baker as Vincent, Laura Bailey as Catherine and Michelle Ruff as Katherine. Brianna Knickerbocker (Valkyria Chronicles 4, Fire Emblem: Fates) also joins the cast as the brand new core character, Rin.