Stray: the game for humans that is a hit with cats

Deepak Gupta August 5, 2022
Updated 2022/08/05 at 10:00 PM

If kids and adults were already conquered by technology, it was not known that this interest had also reached the animal world. It was through the screen of Stray’s players that their cats were surrendered to the video game.

After all, breeders had the help of their cats in their development.




At the end of June, we told you about Stray, a game developed by the French BlueTwelve Studios that has been in development for over two years. As we explained in Stray, “players have to control a cat on the streets of a big city in a third-person perspective”.

In a place full of traps and dangers, the stray cat must use all his skills to “unravel an ancient mystery”, in order to “escape a futuristic city inhabited by robots”. This concept is winning over players, but not only.

Cats with eyes glued to the screen

According to The Guardian, when a video game puts the user to play from the perspective of an animal, the animal is, as a rule, a cartoon and rarely behaves like a real animal. Because it is different from what is usual in the world of video games, critics and users themselves have made very positive reviews of Stray.

However, if that's not enough, the players' cats have already approved of the video game. According to The Guardian, photographs and videos have been published showing felines (it is believed) “fascinated by the surprisingly realistic movement of the virtual cat and its onomatopoeias”.

Working for so long on a game really loses perspective, so seeing people post their reactions, and more importantly the reactions of cats, after playing the game this week has been a very satisfying and surreal experience for me. the whole team.

Shared Swann Martin-Rage, producer at the company that developed the game BlueTwelve Studio, based in Montpellier, France.

(Maybe not) Surprisingly, to develop the game, the team took inspiration from their own cats.

He was found on the streets of Montpellier and has been here since the beginning of the project. He has always been under our eyes and has been a constant source of inspiration and support in his own unique way. Although the protagonist is not a carbon paper copy, Murtaugh seems pleased with the result.

Explained Martin-Rage, presenting the main inspiration for the look of the game's hero, the cat Murtaugh. In addition, the team has two “very active additions”: Jun the cat, which belongs to Clara, the team's artist, and Oscar, member Miko's feline.

We hope cats love Stray as much as their owners. I saw some messages where people said that after finishing the game, they just wanted to hug their cats, and this is really the best reaction we could have hoped for.

concluded Swann.

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