[Update: If recent tweets and pictures of cake are to be believed Catherine managed to sell over 200,000 copies in its opening week.Yay!]
“Catherine has exceeded our highest expectations,” said Tim Pivnicny, VP of Sales and Marketing at Atlus when speaking with IGN. Citing the enormous fan response to the game’s mature themes and challenging gameplay, he went on to say “It is fitting, then, that Catherine can boast the largest launch in the 20-year history of Atlus, and continues to see strong sales at retail.” Despite the strong sales Atlus has yet to reveal any specific sales numbers.
While strange Japanese games may be popular with the enthusiast press and core gamers, I had my doubts about how well Atlus’ latest would do at retail. In a market dominated by shooters, it’s rare to see something so unique be so successful. We enjoyed Catherine quite a bit, so it’s nice to see that Catherine beat the odds.