The PS Vita hasn't exactly been a big handheld for a long time now, but there's still a small group of people out there who care passionately about it. Me, for example. You may have noticed since I took over at PG a sudden uptick in PS Vita reviews - that's because I love that darn thing. And I need an excuse to play it.
So it's devastating to hear that Catherine: Full Body will probably be giving the Vita a miss when it eventually comes out in the West. The plucky handheld's logo is missing from the game's official website, and a recent tweet by Atlus omits it when confirming Full Body's Western release.
Need more Catherine in your life? Pick up the original Catherine Classic on Steam right now! Also, get ready for the launch of Catherine: Full Body when it launches on PS4 in the West later this year!https://t.co/Hz6Gr7Km1h pic.twitter.com/k7J9tcVtcO — Atlus U.S.A., Inc. (@AtlusUSA) January 10, 2019
This has all come about in the wake of the launch of Catherine Classic, a rerelease of the original game on Steam. Atlus seems to have been going round and updating its sites with new info, and in this sweep it would appear that it's quietly killed off a Western Vita release.
Keep in mind that Atlus hasn't outright said that Catherine: Full Body won't launch on PS Vita. This could just be a casual omission in favour of consoles that people actually still use, outside of terrible folks like myself. But sometimes the loudest words are the ones left unspoken, and it certainly feels like that's the case this time around.
Worse yet, now I actually have to buy the game on PS4 instead of scumming a Vita review code off someone! Truly, I am the biggest victim here, and I'll be making my local MP aware of the situation.
All that said, with Catherine Classic having launched on Steam, it wouldn't be hugely surprising to see it re-released on other consoles as well. Perhaps a Switch port is on its way in the future? There's not even a sniff of this happening yet, but I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Catherine is a deeply, deeply problematic game, thanks to its iffy representation of trans people and overt sexism, but I still hold it close to my heart as a brilliant puzzler and darkly comedic story-driven title. Here's hoping a Vita version of Full Body arrives eventually.