Stray: Temporary exclusion from PS5, gameplay… We take stock of the cutest cat of the year

game news Stray: Temporary exclusion from PS5, gameplay… We take stock of the cutest cat of the year

Notice to fans of felines and cute games, Stray is finally about to release on PlayStation 5 (temporary console excluded) and PC. Under construction since 2015 at the Montpellier developers of BlueTwelve Studio, the narrative adventure title had seduced the viewers of gamescom 2020. Let’s take stock.

Summary

  • What is the release date of Stray?
  • What is Stray’s story?
  • What is the genre of the game?
  • What is the setting of the story?
  • Who are the developers?
  • How is the chat animated?

What is the release date of Stray?

lost will be available July 19, 2022 on PC and PlayStation 5. Note that it will be one of the first games to launch directly on Sony’s new PS+ subscription formula. Thus, Extra and Premium subscribers will be able to enjoy the title at no additional cost and as soon as it is released.

Also, those who don’t own a PS5 can rest assured that Stray will be a temporary console exclusive. However, no indication of duration is specified at the end of the exclusivity, so Xbox gamers will have to be patient.


What is Stray’s story?

Our furry protagonist has no name or assigned story. We just know that he comes out of nowhere and that he is completely lost in the immensity of a cyber city. In any case, this is what the description sheet tells us: “A stray cat must solve an ancient mystery in order to escape from a forgotten cyber city and return home.“. The details of the objectives are still quite nebulous.

The promised life in a straight line is seven to eight hours, nine to ten hours for finishers.

Stray: Temporary exclusion from PS5, gameplay... We take stock of the cutest cat of the yearStray: Temporary exclusion from PS5, gameplay... We take stock of the cutest cat of the year

What is the genre of the game?

Storytelling will be the cornerstone of Stray’s adventure according to developers at studio BlueTwelve.. It also has a good dose of puzzles and interactions of all kinds with the universe. In particular, the cat will be equipped with a backpack that serves as a shelter for B-12, a drone that allows him to communicate with technologies and that can accumulate collected items, such as a flashlight.

Environmental puzzles and action phases will require you to use the cat’s natural abilities. In particular, we saw a short chase sequence with strange rodents that requires testing the hero’s agility. Finally, note that the movement mechanics seem relatively guided, each jump to a new platform rigorously framed.

Stray: Temporary exclusion from PS5, gameplay... We take stock of the cutest cat of the yearStray: Temporary exclusion from PS5, gameplay... We take stock of the cutest cat of the year

What is the setting of the story?

Stray establishes its framework in inspired scenarios. The old quarters of Hong Kong. We observe that a mysterious language is present on the walls of the narrow alleys. The player should have the opportunity to admire various panoramas between the lively city centers and the most gloomy corners. The Playstation Blog has already introduced us to “Antvillage”, a town built around a huge reservoir.


Who are the developers?

Stray is the first game from BlueTwelve Studio, a French studio based in Montpellier. The concept of the game was devised seven years ago by Koola and Viv, the co-founders of the company. Swann Martin-Raget, producer at BlueTwelve Studio, recently spoke about the evolution of his work:

It is amazing to think that it is now a complete game and that players all over the world will soon be able to discover and enjoy it. The development took time and we learned a lot along the way. Among the many difficulties and discoveries of this project, the creation of an interactive chat was clearly the most difficult task!

Stray is lucky to be buoyed by the reputation of its publisher Annapurna Interactivealready behind great successes on the independent scene.


No motion capture to animate the cat whose movements are hand-reproduced by the Miko animator. A process already explained on the PlayStation blog:

Miko, our chat host, took on the challenge head on and spent a considerable amount of time researching images and videos for reference. During this process, we made a strange but happy discovery: the entire Internet seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of posting photos and videos of cute cats! So we found a lot of good references to work with.

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