Atlus took a chance on Catherine, believing it had all the right ingredients to become a big hit for the publisher. Turns out Catherine was one hot date plenty of gamers didn't want to miss, and the gamble paid off most handsomely for Atlus. The publisher and its parent company Index confirms in their annual earnings report today that Catherine proved to be its biggest worldwide hit for its past fiscal year.
Catherine didn't sell enough to put Index and Atlus in the black, as the media giant posted a loss for the fiscal year ending this past August, but it certainly buoyed software sales with approximately 490,000 units sold worldwide. Catherine certainly resonated well with a North American audience, as sales from our shores accounted for 230,000 units, almost half of the total. The title is still scheduled for launch in Europe next year, so there's still plenty of room yet for the lifetime total to grow.
The PSP port of Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 for the DS were the other big hits for Atlus, with Japanese unit sales of 112,000 and 106,000, respectively. Don't under-estimate the desire to get SMT'ed. Atlus has already released the (official) English localization of Persona 2: Innocent Sin, while the North American launch of Devil Survivor 2 was pushed back to sometime early next year.