There's an argument to be made for the PS3 cover being a bit much, but I see little wrong with the 360's stylish accoutrement. Still, Atlus has announced that "modified covers will appear in select markets." What's the deal?
In terms of specifics, we don't know. In terms of art, here's the deal:
Before we get all freaked out, Atlus forum admin Inzaghi clarifies a few things in a thread on the Catherine board:
"In addition to the existing North American covers for Catherine on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there will also be modified designs that appear in select markets. The vast majority of copies available at launch will feature the cover we originally unveiled, essentially the Japanese cover of the game. A small percentage of copies, however, will feature a cover that is more considerate of certain retailers' broader customer demographic. Fans need not worry; Catherine's cover art is NOT being altered for North America. There is just an extra option being made available for more sensitive shoppers."My question becomes, then, what retailers will have the "modified" design, and which will have the original? If I preorder the game at HMV or Best Buy, will I ramble into the store on July 26th only to discover I've been deprived the original art?
Atlus isn't telling - perhaps this is just to get the game onto Wal-Mart shelves - but it's worth noting that Amazon.ca and Amazon.com both list four versions of Catherine. For example, on the Canadian site I've got the PS3 version, the 360 version, the PS3 version that's kindly labled as having "alternate boxart" and a similar 360 version.
I know where I'll be ordering it from - just to be on the safe side.