Japanese game developer Atlus recently released the trailer for the upcoming game, Catherine: Full Body. The game, a remake of the adventure puzzle-platformer Catherine, introduces a new character who many fans are claiming is transphobic.
The original game, according to The Daily Dot, ‘deals with Vincent Brooks, a 32-year-old bachelor who keeps pushing off marriage with his long-time girlfriend, Katherine McBride.’ ‘After Vincent cheats on Katherine with a mysterious woman called Catherine, he begins having nightmares where he must climb enormous towers while being chased by monsters. The game does this by blending narrative-driven gameplay with puzzle-platforming levels, allowing for multiple endings through different romance options.’
Still, even upon the 2011 release of Catherine, many deemed the game to be transphobic. This is due to the fact the game uses Erica Anderson, a transgender waitress at the game’s Stray Sheep bar, as a punchline for numerous jokes about gender identity. In fact, Erica is also dead named in the game’s manual. Because of this, Atlus has left many LGBTI gaming fans skeptical. And in the Catherine: Full Body trailer, a new romance route with a pink-haired woman named Rin is teased. For trans gamer Laura Kate Dale, this has the potential to be problematic.