Annapurna Interactive finally gave us an extended look at BlueTwelve's cat game Stray during its first showcase where, among other things, we saw a Stray release time frame of 2022.
Stray follows a cat that's... well, a stray... through an odd city of humanoid machines as it tries to find its family again.
It's an adventure game at heart, and some machines are friendly. The cat can help them out by solving puzzles, fixing problems, and giving a friendly purr or two along the way. Some aren't so friendly, though, and there's even an element of combat as the cat fights to escape the city's darker side.
It's still a while yet before we can guide the daring feline home, but here's everything we know about Stray so far.
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What is the Stray Release Date?
Stray is scheduled to release sometime in early 2022 following its debut at the PS5's unveiling showcase in 2020.
Is Stray Coming to PC?
Stray will release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam.
Here's the most recent trailer that premiered as part of Annapurna Interactive's showcase.
What Is Stray About?
Here's how Annapurna describes Stray:
Lost, alone, and separated from family, a stray cat must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten city.
Stray is a third-person cat adventure game set amidst the detailed neon-lit alleys of a decaying cybercity and the murky environments of its seedy underbelly. Roam surroundings high and low, defend against unforeseen threats and solve the mysteries of this unwelcoming place inhabited by nothing but unassuming droids and dangerous creatures.
See the world through the eyes of a stray and interact with the environment in playful ways. Be stealthy, nimble, silly, and sometimes as annoying as possible with the strange inhabitants of this foreign world.
Along the way, the cat befriends a small flying drone, known only as B12. With the help of this newfound companion, the duo try to find a way out.
Stray is developed by BlueTwelve Studio, a small team from south of France mostly made of cats and a handful of humans.
The game is built around exploration and rewards those who pay attention to their surroundings, BlueTwelve's Swann Martin-Raget said in a PlayStation Blog post. The cat can interact with a number of objects to solve puzzles and learn about the mysterious city thanks in part to a robo-companion they pick up along the way.
It's also open-ended enough where you can still complete the game without solving every puzzle. However, Stray is about enjoying the world as much as it is about completing the game.
"The cat is definitely the star of the show in the game though, and it was important for us to show a glimpse of all the playful interactions that he can have with his environment," Marin-Raget said in the PS Blog post.
"Some of them are useful and will help solve puzzles as you progress, and some are just here because cats will be cats — and as most cat owners know painfully well, no sofa can be left unscratched."