Today the ESRB posted the official rating of Atlus’ Catherine: Full Body. As you may have expected, the game received the inevitable M for Mature rating like its predecessor.
If you want to read the full description, you can do so at the bottom of the post, keeping in mind that it includes a few possible spoilers.
The content descriptors include all sorts of mature themes as follows: Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol, Violence. On top of that, the game gained a “User Interact” label due to the addition of online gameplay.
An interesting element isn’t in new descriptions of steamy content, as much as in their absence. The text is nearly identical to the rating of the original Catherine with the exclusion of different wording describing the violence of one scene (which may or may not mean that the scene is slightly different from the original).
This may mean that the ESRB didn’t find any of the new content added in Full Body so different in its suitability for the appropriate age range, that it would warrant specific mentions.
You can check out the full description below, but once more, be warned of spoilers if you have not played the original game or its recent PC version Catherine Classic.
“This is a puzzle adventure game in which players assume the role of Vincent, a man with relationship issues that are manifested in his dreams. The game transitions between animated cutscenes and puzzle stages (i.e., nightmares); in the nightmare world, players must help Vincent ascend crumbling towers by pushing, pulling, and climbing blocks to reach an exit.
If players make the wrong move, they can be killed by spike traps and giant boss creatures (e.g., a demon bride, a chainsaw-wielding baby); death scenes are accompanied by exaggerated splashes of blood as Vincent is stabbed, crushed, shot, or bitten.
During one cutscene, a character is stabbed repeatedly; while the stabbings are off screen, there are large splashes of blood depicted after each strike. In order to move faster in the puzzle stages, players can order Vincent alcoholic beverages (e.g., mixed cocktails, beer, sake, whiskey); after three drinks, he begins to stumble around when moving.
Throughout the game, sex and sexuality are frequently referenced, sometimes while two characters are in bed together (e.g., “I finally became a man! Got rid of my V-card, BOOM,” “If the one you loved confessed to a sexual habit that you found absolutely unacceptable, what would you do?” and “After all you’ve done to my body…Night after night…”).
A bedroom sequence pans across a man’s legs, then to his curling toes; another scene briefly depicts a woman caressing her body while making suggestive comments (e.g., “I’ve got such a hunger for these feelings…I know you have some hungers as well, don’t you?”).
The game also depicts the central character surrounded by topless female demons—though shadow effects obscure most details. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.”
It’s also worth mentioning that Catherine: Full Body is still listed only for PS4. There is no mention of any additional platform.
The game will launch in North America and Europe on Sept. 3. If you want to see more, you can also check out the most recent Japanese trailer, which included a theme song performed by the Tokyo-based pop band Sekai no Owari.
A demo of Catherine: Full Body was also recently released in Japan and it included a track that is said to be a remixed version of one that will come with Studio Zero’s next game, the mysterious Project Re Fantasy.