Katsura Hashino, director of Catherine, is surprised about the game’s ranking. It’s among Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest as one of the most anticipated titles in Japan. After seeing where Catherine placed, Hashino was so shocked he shot Red Bull out of his nose.
He thanked fans for support, but wrote a blog about what fan should expect from Catherine. Just in case anyone is still expecting a RPG Hashino said, "First, the genre is not RPG!"
"If I had to say, this title is made with a cinematic (?) fusion of adventure and action-puzzle," Hashino wrote. Hashino said he thinks people that aren’t skilled at action games should be able to enjoy Catherine too. The adventure part isn’t the kind of game where you go from location to location while solving a mystery and shooting monsters to death. Hashino explained Catherine moves like a movie with everyday adventure scenes. At night, the bar with middle-aged protagonists and Vincent’s nightmare scenes.
Hashino hints that Catherine’s gameplay may be linear. He says the game doesn’t offer the same degree of freedom as other games on the market. Hashino hopes people looking for a game that feels a little bit different will check Catherine out, which in his opinion has a unique good feeling.