As part of the State of Play event, Annapurna Interactive and studio BlueTwelve were on hand to announce that Stray, the debut game from the team, is launching next month.
Having been originally revealed during the PlayStation 5 Showcase, Stray was eventually hit with a delay as it was set to launch last year.
Playing as a stray cat, you happen to fall into an ancient mystery, one that requires you to escape a forgotten city. From what we see, the world is pretty much devoid of any humans and looks autonomous to a certain degree.
Years ago, the team at BlueTwelve Studio began the project under the codename ‘HK Project’ and seven years later has been developed into a highly anticipated game around the world.
“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,” says Swann Martin-Raget, Producer at BlueTwelve Studio. “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.”
Stray launches on July 19 and will come complimentary to PlayStation Plus and Extra and Premium subscribers.