Update 1/7/2019, 9:20 a.m. PT / 12:20 p.m. ET: Last Thursday on Bayonetta's Steam page, Sega caused a stir in posting a lone picture of a sheep. Everyone assumed one thing: a Catherine PC port is happening. Since then, it's gotten more complicated with Sega Europe replying to fansite Persona Central's tweet about the news saying that it has to "look deeper." Deeper, it seems, is literally decoding all the images that have popped up in the days since across Sega games on Steam like Puyo Puyo Tetris.
As spotted by Persona Central, ResetEra user Hektor downloaded all the sheep images, and uploaded them to an image decoding site. Inside the images, Hektor discovered a mysterious Steam key for an item called "Get." The other photos so far spell out other words too: "ready," "for," "something," "sexy." Still, all signs point to seemingly Catherine, with sexy being an obvious descriptor for the game.
Sega Europe's initial teasing still gives way to another possibility though: this could all be a red herring for some other Sega game. I suppose the more sheeps we see this week, eventually we'll get our answer.
There's a new blog on the Steam page for Bayonetta, and it's probably some kind of teaser for a possible Catherine release on PC. Honestly, it's hard to decipher what else a single picture of a sheep is meant to convey.
Simply titled "Baa," the new Steam post from Sega simply features a single picture of a sheep sticking out its tongue and nothing else. It's very cute, but more importantly the sheep is a central motif in Atlus' 2011 puzzle-adventure game Catherine. In it the main protagonist Vincent Brooks often ventured into a nightmarish version of his mental psyche semi-dressed as a sheep, because symbolism and dreams and all that.
Billed as a mature exploration of romance in the modern world, Catherine was Atlus' foray into what was then considered next-gen consoles. Players were asked probing questions about their relationships in little surveys at the end of each puzzle level, and their answers ended up determining whether Vincent would end up with his long-time girlfriend Katherine, or a new Catherine he meets at a bar.
Atlus recently announced Catherine: Full Body, a remaster for the PS4 and Vita that introduces a third love interest named Rin, along with some additional plot and story elements. It's probably safe to expect more sheep symbolism and Freudian slips in the remaster as well.
Sega could be using the blog to tease a PC port for Catherine, considering the company also published the PC port for games like Bayonetta and Vanquish. Catherine is so far only available on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but the game has a robust competitive scene that could benefit from a new PC port. Either that, or Sega is trying to pull the wool over our eyes with this sheep blog.