The first gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated video game Stray has just dropped – and it looks amazing.
The official synopsis for the game reads: “Lost, alone, and separated from family, a stray cat must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten city… see the world through the eyes of a stray and interact with the environment in playful ways.
“Be stealthy, nimble, silly, and sometimes as annoying as possible with the strange inhabitants of this foreign world.”
The last time we saw Stray was in the form of a teaser trailer Sony shared in 2020 that showed off the game’s futuristic neon setting along with its adorable feline star.
At the time, we didn’t get to see the game in action, but that has now been remedied.
The publisher shared a slice of gameplay footage and said it would release Stray sometime in early 2022.
Swann Martin-Raget, a producer at BlueTwelve Studio, updated fans with an in-depth look into the mysterious world of the game.
Writing for PlayStation.Blog, he explains: “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!
𝑀𝑒𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑤, 𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑤, 𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑤 — ahem — that is, peruse a new gameplay trailer and details for Stray, a mysterious, neon-soaked city cat adventure: https://t.co/8JSLbvI1r7 pic.twitter.com/M6dGEhOLZH
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 30, 2021
“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 video games can be twisted in funny and interesting ways: a grid blocking the way for humans? Not for a cat! A decorative rain pipe spiralling along a building?
“Perfect platforming sequence for a feline!”
— Kotaku (@Kotaku) July 29, 2021
Fans were quick to share their excitement at the in-depth look.
One said: “Looks awesome. Picking this up for sure.”
Another replied: “Looks adorable, can’t wait! Also didn’t know it was coming to PS4.”
A third replied: “This is looking incredible. Take your time team finishing it up. Going to be worth it in 2022
“Very cool concept and presentation!!! Love what I’m seeing from Stray,” one person wrote.
Another wrote: “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,” another fan raved.
Stray will arrive on PlayStation and PC in early 2022.
Are you looking forward to playing this?