Game Developer Accused of Transphobic Content in ‘Catherine: Full Body’

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A new trailer for upcoming video game “Catherine: Full Body” was just released by Japanese game developer Atlus, and many fans are worried that the remake of the puzzle-platformer “Catherine” will include a transphobic character.

In the original game, main character Vincent cheats on his long-term girlfriend Katherine with a girl named Catherine. Vincent starts having nightmares of being chased by monsters as he climbs enormous towers, mixing puzzle-platforming levels with narrative gameplay.

The game has multiple endings through different romance options, and the game’s remake, “Catherine: Full Body” is introducing a new character to romance. However, this new character is worrying LGBT fans.  

The character Rin is implied to be transgender by the repeated use of the transgender symbol on the game’s website, as well as a moment in the trailer when main character Vincent sees Rin’s crotch and makes a horrified face.

“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,” trans gamer Laura Kate Dale told GayStarNews. “I’d love to be proven wrong, but their track record doesn’t fill me with hope.”

Erica, a trans character in the first game was frequently the punchline of gender identity jokes, dead-named in the game’s manual and credits and was given nightmares only experienced by men in the game. In the remake, the new character Rin will be a romance option, and many fans fear that the transgender themes will be handled far from tastefully.

“Considering how they turned Erica into a transphobic joke in the original game I wouldn't put it past Atlus to pull this kind of shit again with Rin,” dvabug tweeted.

Check out the Japanese trailer below.