Stray, the game about a cat navigating a cyberpunk city, will be released on July 19 for PS4 and PS5.
Shown at Sony’s State of Play event today, the PlayStation console exclusive puts players in the furry little feet of a cat lost in a futuristic cyber city that’s falling apart. Separated from its family, the cat must solve an ancient mystery and find its way home with the help of a small robot friend known as B12.
It was also announced that Stray will be on PlayStation Plus at launch for members of the “Extra” tier and above.
In a PlayStation blog post, BlueTwelve Studio producer Swann Martin-Raget reminsced on Stray’s seven-year development, and the challenges that came with making a believable, playable cat:
“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.”
Of course, there are plenty of real-life cats around Stray’s team, too. Apparently, around 80% of their studio has cats at home, and they have two office cats named Oscar and Jun. Unfortunately, the blog post did not include any photos of either of them.
Stray was first announced alongside the PS5 itself, but was pushed from a 2021 release into this year. The 3D adventure has you piloting a cat through a robot-filled city, avoiding dangers and making friends along the way.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.