We’ve known about this elusive “game where you play as a cat” for a while, but now we know that it’s called Stray, and will be coming to PlayStation 5.
Previously known as HK_Project, Annapurna Interactive have got their paws on one of the more unique video game concepts in recent memory. “Lost, alone, and separated from family, a stray cat must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten cybercity and find the way home”. Sounds like a rather impurrfect situation to be in for a feline. Check the trailer:
“Our goal is to create a unique experience playing as a cat.” says Viv, Creative & Game Director at BlueTwelve Studio on the official blog. “We are inspired everyday by Murtaugh and Riggs, our two cats. Most of the team are cat owners as well, giving us all a lot of helpful first-hand references. Cats are always so playful, cute and lovingly annoying that it’s an endless stream of gameplay ideas for us.”
“It is also a very unique point of view for an adventure game. Exploring the strange world we are building feels really fresh when you’re sneaking under a car, or walking the rooftops with the inhabitants below unaware of your presence. Or if you want them to be aware, you can just meow endlessly to annoy them.”
Playing as any sort of animal is always an interesting perspective in video games, and Stray looks to tap into the essence of being a cat by allowing you to annoy people relentlessly. It is set to include exploration, puzzle-solving and fast-paced action sequences. I look forward to the inevitable side quest where you have to find the best flavour of Fancy Feast.
While the developers mention that game is very much still in development, Stray looks to be releasing exclusively for PS5, sometime in 2021.