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Catherine: Full Body’s E3 2018 trailer claims the game has ‘matured’

Catherine: Full Body’s reveal trailer caused controversy, but the latest trailer seems to take a different approach

Chris Plante co-founded Polygon in 2012 as editor-at-large and is now editor-in-chief. He also created and occasionally teaches NYU’s Introduction to Games Journalism course.

Catherine: Full Body, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita remake of the 2011 puzzle adventure game, has a new trailer for E3 2018. The latest footage is less provocative than its reveal trailer, focusing largely on the top-level story and the big names behind the project.

Full Body, announced in late 2017, adds a third character, Rin. The reveal trailer suggested that Rin is a transgender woman — which seemed to shock and appall Vincent. The imagery drew concerns from critics about her potential depiction. But this trailer is less clear about Rin’s identity and Vincent’s feelings.

In fact, the trailer seems to be subtly responding the reaction to the reveal trailer. “The provocative game that sold over 1 million copies worldwide,” a title card says, “has now matured even further.”

The original Catherine was created by the team responsible for the Persona series, but where that franchise explores the anxiety and complexity of teenage life, Catherine digs into the sexual temptation and social malaise of adulthood. The thirty-something Vincent finds his relationship with lifelong friend Katherine in distress after he begins an affair with the mysterious, sexually adventurous Catherine. The story rapidly fills with nightmares, murder conspiracies and anthropomorphic sheep who star in puzzle-like levels.

Catherine: Fully Body is being created by former Persona team members at the new Studio Zero, which opened in 2016. The game is set for a 2019 release.

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