Catherine Remake Is Already Causing Controversy

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The debut trailer for Catherine: Full Body, the PS4 and PS Vita Catherine remake, is causing controversy for its portrayal of the game’s third romance option.

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You can watch the trailer below:

The scenes causing controversy are towards the end. Here’s Kotaku UK’s Laura Kate Dale:

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Vincent, the protagonist, looks shocked and dismayed when looking at Rin’s crotch area.

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UPDATE - 11:45am: And as Laura notes over at Kotaku UK, concerned fans have some reason to be skeptical:

This is a trailer and not the final game, but considering the original Catherine’s poor track record with trans representation, using a pre-transition name for a character in their credits and manual and giving male-only nightmares to a trans woman character, I’m not holding my breath that this new romance will be handled tastefully. I’d love to be proven wrong, but their track record doesn’t fill me with hope.

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As pointed out below, a shocked Vincent is nothing new to Catherine. 

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The initial reactions:

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Catherine: Full Body will be out next winter in Japan. No word yet on an international release. Update - 11:45am: Atlus USA indicates that the game is indeed coming to the west as well.  

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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People are going to start making a lot of excuses for this, and that’s fine. I think it’s fair to point out that some of this discussion is premature since we barely know anything about her and how the game will deal with her being trans, if she is.

But if you’re about to write a comment along those lines, here’s just one basic thing to consider: transgender people don’t do this. Like, they don’t have sex with people without telling them they’re transgender. And they don’t do this because it’s way too dangerous to *themselves* to do that to someone without knowing how they will react to it. Don’t even think of this as a “what about Vincent!!!!!” thing, it’s literally already kinda eyebrow-raising because this whole idea of a predatory trans trying to “trap” men is completely divorced from reality (and extremely fetishistic). This is pretty much the #1 most tone-deaf and inaccurate way to depict a transgender person in the story.

Now, there’s quite a lot of ways the game could handle this (I won’t be shocked if they do the exact same thing with Rin like they did with Catherine and Vincent wakes up without remembering how they got home or any of the sex).

But...... it’s not the right look to have coming out the door. It’s really, really not.