|Catherine: Full Body|
|Developer||Atlus (Studio Zero)|
|Release dates|| February 14, 2019 (Japan)|
September 3, 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. It was developed and published by Atlus' Studio Zero Team for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan.
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.
The game will be localized into English and is coming to the West on September 3, 2019. 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 known that Vincent's, Katherine's and Catherine's voice actors will reprise their roles, although it is unclear who else will be reprised.
Major changes from original
- There is a third girl named Rin, who becomes Vincent's new neighbor, as well as the pianist at the Stray Sheep. Rin's involvement in the story will cause a split between Catherine and Katherine.
- There are new "sexy events", episodes, and over 20 new animated cutscenes to further develop the characters of Catherine, Katherine, and Rin. There are new endings for Rin and additional endings for Catherine and Katherine.
- There are new patrons to talk to at the Stray Sheep such as Roderick and Abul.
- A wide level of difficulty options is also available. Apart from Easy, there is now a "Safety" mode which is even easier than easy.
- No Game Over: Only available on Safety.
- No Time Limit: Only available on Safety.
- Skip Puzzle: Players can skip a puzzle segment with a single button for players who hate the block-climbing portion of the game. Only available on "Safety".
- Autoplay: You can leave the difficult segments to the autoplay function which automatically climbs the shortest route. You can disable it at any time while it’s in operation, using it at your leisure. Only available on both "Safety" and "Easy".
- 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 is at least one completely brand new stage in Arrange mode, which may be an outer-space themed level seen in a screenshot.
- Rin's piano has the power to halt the collapsing stage, activated automatically when Vincent is in an emergency. A green light appears as the piano's melody is heard.
- There are more than 500 stages—twice the amount of the original game.
- This includes new stages for the Rapunzel mini-game which has been renamed "Super Rapunzel". For Rapunzel, players can choose between Standard and Arrange. Like Standard, Arrange also features 128 stages.
- 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.
- Some of the effects of the items have been modified.
- Vincent can view strategies that sheep have told him at save points.
- The player can now rotate the camera to see behind the stage.
- Catherine: Full Body has 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 features the ability to cross-save between PS4 and Vita. There is cross-play between PS4 and Vita users.
- It is mentioned that if the player connects online during single player, they might be able to experience some companionship as you keep climbing the tower into the night, implying possible co op.
- The number of deaths and the status of players nationwide. Deaths based on the stages in the tower are listed, as well as what type of death (like “falling,” “crushed,” etc.).
- "Souls", which resemble small white floating orbs on blocks, appear at sections where other players have died. This will hint at potentially dangerous sections.
In Japan, the limited edition includes a slip art box (which has the ability to remove a transparent cover revealing the women in their Nero outfits), four-disc soundtrack CD, art book, Nero glasses, and special downloadable content set.
In North America, the limited edition is called "Heart's Desire Premium Edition". It comes packaged in a box resembling the stages of the game. It is unknown if the game case still has a transparent cover. It comes with an adorable fat sheep plushie instead of glasses which wears Vincent's underwear. It still has the soundtrack CD (unclear if it's one-disc only for the new music), as well as an art book.
- Catherine's voices: 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 are downloadable content. Each unannounced voice actor has previously played the role of an adulterous lover. These include:
- Joker set: This includes 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 see small event scenes with the Phantom Thieves.
- Nero Glasses: Allows the player to see many characters in their swimsuits. This is included in the Limited Edition and it is unknown if it will be available as DLC later.
- Additional Playable Characters: Unlocks the following additional playable characters for use in the game’s "Babel" and "Colosseum" modes: Catherine, Katherine, Rin, Orlando, Jonny, Toby, Erica, Boss.
Catherine: Full Body contains new music. Some of the game's music was released on the third disc of the soundtrack set included with the Limited Edition. Some music includes:
- A remix of "Yo!" with female vocals.
- Main menu theme.
- A remix of "Also sprach Brooks.
- Rin's theme titled "Tomorrow".
Before the game's release, Rin's character received some controversy due to the possibility and concern that Rin may be a transphobic joke.
In Japan, Full Body is "Share-blocked" to prevent streaming and prevent spoilers on the Internet, with no news of a patch to remove it in the future. On Day 6, a few minutes after Vincent discovers a revelation about Rin, the game stops streaming. This is reminiscent of Persona 5 which is still Share blocked for the entire game, despite that it has been out since the middle of 2017. This has turned people away from Full Body 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. It is unknown if the Western release will still be Share-blocked.
The Trivia for Tonight.....
- The logo is meant to be reminiscent of a woman's rear.
- 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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