Stray comes to PS4 and PS5 on July 19 as part of PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium

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Stray comes to PS4 and PS5 on July 19 as part of PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium

BlueTwelve Studio shares insights on bringing a city - and a cat - to life.

Hello everyone! Finally! After so many years of hard work, we have our release date: Stray will be publicly available on July 19, 2022! And as you may have seen during today’s State of Play, we’re excited to confirm Stray will also be available to PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium members* at that time.

Stray comes to PS4 and PS5 on July 19 as part of PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium

This really means everything to our small but oh-so-dedicated team, and we can’t wait to see people explore this world that we put so much heart and passion into making.

The vision for this game – initially named “HK Project” – started seven years ago by Koola and Viv, the co-founders of BlueTwelve Studio. It really is amazing to see that it is now an actual full-fledged game and will be experienced and hopefully enjoyed by so many players all across the world very soon. We have developed and learned so much along the way. Of all the unexpected challenges and discoveries we found, creating an interactive cat was definitely the most tricky one!

Trying to control a cat – whether it’s in real life or when making a video game – is definitely not a walk in the park! From the very beginning, we knew that the controls and animations of our star character needed to be absolutely spot-on in order to properly convey this exhilarating feeling of skills and movement. So Miko, our cat animator, took the challenge to heart and spent considerable time looking for images and video references. The good and somewhat surprising thing we found is this: It really seems that the whole internet was basically invented for the sole purpose of hosting loads of cute cat pictures and videos! So we ended up having a lot of very good material to work with for references.

Also about 80% of the people from the team are cat owners (or are being owned by a cat depending on how you look at it) and we even have two cats in the studio working with us almost everyday! They are called Oscar and Jun and – even if they are not the most productive employees to be honest – they definitely add a lot of cheerful liveliness to the studio.

Seeing them interact with objects around the office (even sometimes shutting down our computers at the worst possible moment!) gave us quite a lot of inspiration for the various cat interactions that are possible throughout the game. And of course they all have been reviewed and approved by Jun and Oscar themselves!

But all of those efforts bringing the cat to life were made so that people can properly enjoy exploring as a cat in the game. We are so excited to finally be able to show a glimpse of some new environments like “Antvillage” in our release trailer which is this village built around a huge reservoir. It’s a good example of how the cat’s exceptional abilities allow us to have more freedom in our level design, especially vertically to explore highs and lows in the world.

When we decided to add the backpack and the small drone called B-12 that follows the cat everywhere, it opened up a new layer of ways to interact and learn about the environment for us. Especially the ability to talk with the characters of the world was really important to convey some fundamental points about the environment or learn a bit more backstory from several of its inhabitants.

Our journey as a small team crafting our very first game is finally reaching its end goal, and we all can’t wait to find out how players will react to exploring this unique world and engaging with its colorful inhabitants on July 19. So on behalf of the whole team including Jun and Oscar: Have fun everyone!

*Availability of Classics, Game Trials and Game Catalog varies over time and plan. See https://www.playstation.com/Plus for details and updates on PS Plus offerings. PlayStation Plus is an ongoing subscription subject to a recurring subscription fee taken automatically (at the then-current PS Store price) at the frequency you choose at purchase until cancellation. Terms apply: play.st/psplus-usageterms

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  • Been interested in this since the first teaser trailer I saw a year or two ago. Glad to see the day is finally almost here. Good luck, guys!

    Meanwhile…guess I will have to wait to see what the price is (y’all don’t have to wait for release day to announce that, do you?). Not sure I can afford upgrading Plus to Extra or not – depends on whether or not they pull the tricks they started in Asia (mine expires in over a year, last upgrade was a black Friday discount, I believe) and whether or not a downgrade later is an option.

    • iamtylerdurden1

      Those tricks in Asia were a system error and people have been refunded or taken care of. If you have a year of PlayStation plus it’s like 40 extra dollars to upgrade to Extra for a year which would almost cover the cost of stray alone because it will probably at least be a $30 game possibly 40. Quite literally it would make no sense to just purchase the game out right rather than upgrading to Extra. If you already have PlayStation Plus for at least a year and you were going to buy stray anyway it’s sort of a no-brainer to just at least upgrade to Extra but that’s just me…

    • It’s 27 euros on steam, so probably will be too on psn

    • @iamtylerdurden1 – except you don’t own the game at the end of the year. It might be a great way to play it for you, maybe you are a person that plays a game once and never goes back to it, but other people approach it differently. I’d rather pay the money to actually own my personal copy of the game to play whenever I want. Even if that’s three years from now. Or loan it to a friend to play. Or let my kids take it with them to a friends house to play it. Lots of things you can’t do by accessing it as part of a subscription you only pay for a year and then no more game..

    • Texpdx you better buy bulk on handkerchiefs because your going to be one sad fell when everything goes all digital

    • I’ll probably have to buy them to though lol

  • Congrats on your upcoming launch on July 19th! (and happy birthday to me :-)

    Been really looking forward to Stray since it was first announced, and in all the glimpses we’ve gotten since. Can’t wait!

  • No real interest in PS+ higher tiers… I’m assuming this is download only?

  • Well, I guess I gotta upgrade.

    • I’m sure it’ll be available to purchase on the base-level Plus. Certainly hope so, as I’m looking forward to it, but I’ve no plans on upgrading.

  • Ok I am upgrading to deluxe here in India 🇮🇳

  • MidnightDragonDX

    Day 1 for me. Hoping for a physical release too. Nice touch for those who have higher PS+

  • I have also been looking forward to Stray for quite a while. I’m happy to hear that it will be available in just a few weeks. I’ll be playing this one for sure.

    Good luck with your game!

  • When are we going to get some pictures of Oscar and Jun in the studio?!?!

  • This game caught and stuck with my attention since the first teaser, and I can see that a lot of polish has been added! It will be fun to give this one a try, not sure if I will purchase a higher PS+ tier for this, will see what the price is before deciding.

  • Awesome news! This is an insta-buy!

  • Greatness will awaits us , great start sony! First Shadow Warrior 3 now this! Can’t 4freak wait yeah.:)

  • hawkster__gaming

    I’m just waiting to pre order it

  • Definitely excited to play

  • Im definitely buying this on day 1 digital release. Also I hope I can pre order it soon. I don’t care how much this game cost I will Never Ever up grade to the PS Plus tiers.

    Take my money Kitty 😺🐈💵💵💵💵

  • My son will be excited to see the new trailer and the news of the summer break launch, at 9 he’s quite good with games and i expect this is one we will end up getting the platinum together. I will either buy it or sign up for plus extra, nice to get something we were already going to buy as incentive for a year of extra.

    I know others have asked but if it is possible (if not already in) to put other playable cats 🐈 or change the colors of fur that would be something special. For my son his cat had a health issue a few years ago that caused him to be euthanized. To have a black cat in game that he could name for example would be one of those rare times in life where you could honour that memory for your child. Obviously if that is not in the cards (customization) its no diminishment but finding ways for the memory to live with on can be positive. I think many will just want to mirror the cat you play as to their pets in their homes. So rare to see a compelling cat (or dog) game.

    I got my son a toracat pokemon plushie for that purpose and he still keeps it nearby.

    Good luck with the remainder of development and looking forward to launch day. It looks superb.

  • I am so looking forward to Stray, it looks amazing.
    Big kudos to the cat animator, the environment team and the lighting team as it all looks so good. I love the world that is created and the robots that are living in it. I hope this little cat will find a mate in the end.
    Can’t wait to play it!

  • >Stray comes to PS4 and PS5 on July 19 as part of PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium
    confused – does this mean I need PS+ extra/premium in order to buy it, or is it only available as part of that subscription service, and not for outright purchase?

    • It shouldn’t be only exclusive to the higher PS+ tiers, I imagine it’ll launch as a standalone game with it also being launched day 1 on the service as an incentive to those that want the higher tiers. Xbox Game Pass does the same for first-party exclusives and other indie titles, so I would think it should be similar on PS.

    • All ps now games outside of streaming only have been available to buy.

      This is absolutely not exclusive to plus but a bonus “rental”.

      Many games i’d rather just purchase than have a now/plus time window.

      With extra and premium it is now, aka you add it to your library but it doesn’t stay active whenever you have plus. It is only available as long as Sony and it’s partners want it on the service. Much like netflix does for tv and movies.

      Short answer if you aren’t getting extra / premium just buy it. Game looks very compelling for what it is going for.

    • thanks for the clarification

  • can’t wait to play it ☺️

  • The_0neAbove_AIl

    This is a good plus 👍

  • I was gonna buy this game anyway but now I might as well just upgrade. Two or 3 good games each year makes PS+ worth it.

  • This really is looking like it’s goign to be fun.

  • Really looking forward to this! You can tell from the article that a lot of love went into the production.

  • SO excited when I saw this was coming to PS+, and subsequently crushed to see it’s only for higher tiers. This could have saved a year of disappointing PS+ selections and given us some hope that PS+ Essential won’t be a total dumpster fire now…

    Game looks awesome btw; hope there are skins so I play with a black and gray cat like my own :p

  • Please Let it be easy Platinum
    🙄

  • I reckon the basic tier will suffer now as you’ll only get the good stuff on Extra and Premium. I wouldn’t be surprised if Essential becomes as bad as Games For Gold.

  • Excited to play this when it’s released!

  • I’m really excited about this game.💥🤩 I can not wait.
    Very good that it is available on PS Plus.❤️

  • I’m a regular plus member & I’ll be buying the game. As upgrading to plus extra would mean I only have the game whilst I’m a xtra member. And i don’t know if I’d want to stay as a plus xtra/premium member.And if i just buy it then i own it and it don’t matter what type of plus member i am, would also prefer a phisical copy if possible. 🐈

  • The game looks like it will be awesome, but I’m going to have to watch someone else play it. The whole thing about the game being exclusive to higher tiers of PS Plus.. not cool. I hope that not too many upcoming games will have this happen where you can only play them if you have a subscription. It’s ridiculous already that you have to pay $60 a year to play online, let’s please not rope in PS Plus exclusive games into the mix. Stray is likely to be a great game, but it’s exclusivity might hurt its launch.

  • …you can still buy it, man.

    • That was supposed to be a reply, whoops.

    • purplefusion-13

      My bad, I was going off from what I read from the blog post, and the majority of the comments. Good to know that Stray is not going to be a exclusive game for PS Plus.

  • CAN’T WAIT!! it’s gonna be such a nice/cool enjoyable change of pace and fun!! which i’m all here for, to be your studios FIRST ever game is amazing,

    i cannot wait to see what the future holds!!

  • Been waiting for this one. Wish it was on the basic tier of PS+ though so I wouldn’t lose access to it when it rotates out of the Extra and Premium lineups after 6 months-1 year. Oh well I’ll just play it at launch and buy it on sale later I guess. Please do a physical copy of it though as I’ll double dip if you do.

  • Hey everyone!

    STRAY looks amazing and definitely can’t wait to play it!!!!

    Regarding other Indies, looking forward to SEASON and Little Devil Inside too.

    Add us on PSN if you like indie games like Journey, Ashen, Temtem, It Takes Two etc

    We should team up ;)

  • I hope I should be able to upgrade to extra for only 1 month…

  • Can’t wait

  • Can’t wait till the release this seems like it’s gonna be fun

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