Catherine gets a passport to Europe

Atlus’ quirky title Catherine has been subject to much discussion, with the game’s risque sexual themes and provocative box art leaving many gamers thinking that Catherine may never make it to Europe.  Atlus, the game’s publisher posted this very cryptic tweet out late last night. “Catherine is getting her passport in order… #whatcouldthismean.” This news comes after Atlus told Joystiq that they were in need of a European publisher yesterday. 

The USK, a German ratings board has revealed that the game will be distributed by “Koch Media.” A little bit of digging shows that Deep Silver- a subsidiary of Koch Media are actually the ones publishing AAA title Dead Island, and that they are based in Hampshire. A recent press release states the following;

We are very proud to be able to publish Catherine in all PAL territories as a Deep Silver game,” says Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver. “Catherine is something new, fresh and exciting; unlike anything else in the gaming world – a unique mixture of genres. This agreement proves once again that games published under the Deep Silver label are not ‘more of the same’, ‘run of the mill’ productions.

Atlus is very pleased to collaborate with an experienced, passionate publisher like Deep Silver for the release of Catherine in Europe,” stated Shinichi Suzuki, President and CEO of Atlus/Index Digital Media, Inc..  “Like us, they are dedicated to releasing interesting, unique entertainment content for their fans.  They share our belief that Catherine’s unprecedented exploration of the psychology and horrors of commitment and relationships, its breathtaking visual design, and its frantic action-adventure/puzzle gameplay make for a thought-provoking, entertaining experience that cannot be missed.

While gamers in the US will be able to play Catherine from July 26th, there’s no actual European release date yet. So far, all that’s known is that it will be released in PAL territories for Xbox 360 and PS3 before the end of the year, and will feature localised text in French, Italian, German and Spanish.

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