THERE ARE a brand new game coming to PS5 this summer that will bring cat lovers into ecstasy.
It’s been two years since Stray was first unveiled by Sony, and now the long-awaited indie title is finally ready for the masses.
Even better, it will be available at no extra cost through the gaming giant’s new PlayStation Plus subscription service for Extra and Premium gamers.
In Stray, players take on the role of a friendly cat who gets lost in a futuristic world ruled by robots.
The Sun spoke to Stray’s producer about the forthcoming adventure title that’s got everyone talking.
Swann Martin-Raget revealed the idea came about seven years ago from two artists intrigued by Kowloon Walled City, a densely populated enclave that was once within Hong Kong.
They realized that the tightly packed, high dwellings would make the perfect playground for a cat, and so the idea of a game was born.
“Being cat owners and cat lovers themselves, it really took shape in their heads when they did that,” Swann explained.
Most of the team own a cat
The majority of the team has a cat and some walk around the office for inspiration.
And the game’s main cat is actually heavily inspired by one of them.
“I think about 80 percent of the team has a cat — or is owned by a cat, depending on how you look at it,” he said.
“So yes, we really are all cat lovers and have a passion for these animals.
In fact, the main protagonist of the game was supplied by one of the cat owners, it’s not a direct replica but it was definitely used as a reference.
“We also have two cats that come to the studio to work with us every day and yes, we have a passion for these animals.”
Trailers for Stray show great attention to detail to capture a cat’s mischievous ways.
Getting a few feline friends into the office played a big part in that.
And the developers even researched accurate data about cats, how far or how high they can jump, so that the game offers a real representation.
“You step right on the computer’s power button just as you’re about to save your work,” Swann continued.
“They also start meowing when you have an important call, but joking aside, they really help us because they’re a constant reference, so it’s really useful for us to see how they move around the office and with different people.” objects interact when you’re actually working on the game’s animations or sounds.”
No dogs and no people
Stray has no people – and no dogs either.
The developers chose cats because they are more agile and lithe when moving.
Meanwhile, the lack of humans and the takeover of robots in previews feels like a bleak glimpse into the future.
“I don’t think we created this world trying to be realistic about what’s really going to happen,” the producer added.
“But we’ve been playing with ideas and possibilities of things that are going on today, and who knows, maybe it’ll actually be a documentary?
“This is our very first project as a studio and our very first game, so we’re really focusing on this first project and trying to finish it at the best level of quality.
“We don’t really think about what’s going to happen after that…
“We’ll see how this one goes and see from there.”
Stray will be released on PS5 and PS4 on July 19th.
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