An in-depth look into the mysterious, futuristic world of Stray

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An in-depth look into the mysterious, futuristic world of Stray

Ease the wait until early 2022 with a fresh, four-minute gameplay trailer.

Hello, everyone! After a long period of intense work with the team, we are delighted to finally be able to show more about our game Stray with this just-released gameplay trailer. But we wanted to add a bit more context to what you’ve hopefully just enjoyed.

An in-depth look into the mysterious, futuristic world of Stray

At its core, Stray is an adventure game. It tells the story of a cat who accidentally falls into a weird, mysterious city and his journey to return to his family. Exploration is a key element and as we love to add lots of details to our environments, we hope players will enjoy looking for all the little bits of hidden lore that we’ve added across each level.

There’s quite a lot to find and learn about this forgotten city and the surprising characters who live in it! Not everything will be explained clearly, so it will be up to the most attentive and insightful players to figure out what exactly this place is, who these inhabitants and creatures are, and the story and purpose of this beguiling world in which we are immersed.

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. 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.

The unique perspective of playing as a cat also creates interesting opportunities in terms of level design. Some of the usual tropes of videogames can be twisted in funny and interesting ways: a grid blocking the way for humans? Not for a cat! A decorative rain pipe spiraling along a building? Perfect platforming sequence for a feline!

But even though cats can do lots of amazing things, they don’t usually interact with technology that well. The small drone, B12, that you’ll encounter has lots of helpful features like translating the language of the machines inhabiting the world, or storing precious items that you find during your journey. But above all, he is a friendly being with a mysterious story — learning about his past as his relationship with the cat evolves is a key element to this adventure.

Their journey will not be a calm river, though — action and fast-paced sequences are a strong component of Stray, too. Some areas of the game are way more dangerous and unwelcoming for the little duo, and our hero’s agility and quick moves will be put to the test to survive vicious enemies like the swarm of “Zurks” as seen in the trailer. The Zurks have a big impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the city, but they are not the only type of foe that you may encounter. And while being quick and agile is required, being stealthy and sneaky will be just as important to find the exit of this strange and futuristic maze.

Hopefully this gives you a more detailed and in-depth look at the world of Stray, but we still have a lot more to show! There’s a whole other part of the city waiting to be discovered that we shared a glimpse of in our very first teaser. The whole team is working full speed to deliver the most polished experience possible, and we look forward to seeing players explore our world early next year. Until then, like Oscar, our Office Manager, always says: PrrrMEeow!

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  • Looks awesome. Picking this up for sure.

  • Another misleading game that was thought to be PS5 only, but now is also coming for the PS4. My justification for buying a PS5 so early has dwindled…yet again.

    • Actually it wasn’t misleading, the announcement trailer dated back in June 2020 said it was coming to PS5/PS4 and PC

    • I checked. June 2020 trailer very clearly says Ps4 and PS5.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u84hRUQlaio

      This one was on you.

    • Para que no digas tonterías.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u84hRUQlaio

      Fácil, no te compres PS5.

    • Wrong. Cool rant, though.

    • @BadFLounder

      “Last year PlayStation architect Mark Cerny held a lengthy PS5 tech talk, in which he explained why accommodating last-gen hard drives “can sabotage the game that the developer is trying to create.” And that’s exactly why many users are disappointed by the news that Sony‘s upcoming blockbusters will target cross-gen releases.

      Along with Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and the next God of War, are also in development for PS4. That means that virtually all of PlayStation’s biggest upcoming games (beyond this month’s Ratchet & Clank) are now confirmed to be cross-gen titles.”

      Yeah, totally just a ‘cool rant’ and not at all a fact that Sony will be delegating the PS5 as a redundant console for the first 2-3 years out of the consoles 6-8 life cycle.

  • I’m more excited about this game than Deathloop

  • Preorder when?

  • Looks adorable, can’t wait! Also didn’t know it was coming to PS4. I hope it has a free upgrade.

    • The announcement trailer dated back to June 2020 shown its coming to PS4/PS5 and also PC, and one would hope for a free upgrade but its a 50/50 chance!

    • Hopefully a digital purchase will offer both a PS4 and PS5 copy :)

  • I was interested in this game but not sure I’d pick it up right away. After seeing more gameplay it’s looking like a pre-order from me.
    Very cool concept and presentation!!! Love what I’m seeing from Stray.

  • This is looking incredible. Take your time team finishing it up. Going to be worth it in 2022

  • Can’t wait to play this.

    I can only hope it also features a cat character editor so I can play as some of my cats :D

  • Looks like an instant classic!

  • This looks incredible, great catmosphere!

  • I love the artistic look of this game. The gameplay trailer kept me smiling the entire time. The cat is adorable, and some of the other characters are also charming in their design.

  • The cat looks and behaves like a real cat! This game will be a day one buy for me.

  • Great work everyone at BlueTwelve Studio!

  • This game looks unquie looks better than Deathloop definitely worth my time

  • >^..^<

    (I'm in!)

  • Wow, looks a lot better than I was expecting!

  • Can I customise the fur of the cat, or every player have the same?

  • Definitely interested. I love the little cat interactions like rubbing against legs and scratching sofas. Will definitely buy.

  • This was the only highlight of AI’s liveshow for me. I been interested in this game for awhile and it is looking good! Also gives me vibes of 2003’s Dog’s Life and 2012’s Tokyo Jungle.

  • The most important things are a white cat skin and being able to name the cat. :)

  • Had drifted away from this game but I loved what I saw yesterday. Can’t wait for it again now.

    Any word on a physical release?

  • Very nice,been looking forward to see more about Stray and game looks great in all aspects,loving the originality and the way you guys built the city,awesome concept I really like that style of city in entertainment.

    “Exploration is a key element and as we love to add lots of details to our environments,we hope players will enjoy looking for all the little bits of hidden lore that we’ve added across each level.”…wonderful,just ma kind of game as I naturally explore the hell of everything I play and am always deeply invested in the lore of games.Stray is a must-buy already.

    Will there be a physical release or is it a PSN game?

  • This looks so great! The environments, the interactions, the animations, the mystery of the world! This is shaping up to be nothing short of amazing!

  • I absolutely love the idea of playing as a cat. But, that grim environment is something that could really get to me, and as such, I am on the fence.

  • Can’t wait!! 🐈

  • Annapurna has to be one of my favorite publishers right now, my goodness this looks so good! Beautiful visuals, immersive cat gameplay (lol!), how does this look so good? Day one purchase for me on PS5.

  • It doesn’t matter if it said it will also be available for PS4. Just adding haptic feedback & 4K is not enough. It’s holding these games back. I don’t own a PS5 yet but I need reasons to purchase 1 in the future. There are plenty of games for me to play on PS4 it’s time to move on. PS5 only from now on!!!!!

  • This game really interests me.
    I really want to play this.

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