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STRAY, the video game you play as a cat, comes out in July

Who wouldn’t want to spend time questing as a ginger cat wearing a backpack? From July 19, we all can thanks to the new sci-fi video game Wander. The latest trailer features incredible graphics of the stray cat exploring a neon-lit cityscape. BlueTwelve Studio’s game will be available for PC and PlayStation 4 and 5. It’s included for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium members.

The game’s creators share some ideas in a blog post on PlayStation’s website. Producer Swann Martin-Raget writes about the difficulties of controlling a cat. Every cat owner knows the struggle, but it turns out it’s true in game design too. They used the Internet’s most valuable resource, cat videos, as references. So those of us who download them are actually helping professionals do their job.

The trailer includes action sequences, but also everyday cat activities like knocking things over for no reason. Or, as they call them back home, gravity experiments. The video also shows a small flying drone named B-12 joining the quest. The team gives real vibes to Leia and her droid Lola.

Video game screenshot of an orange cat in a bucket with a text screen saying Feel free to call me anytime.  I am here to help you.
BlueTwelve Studio Ltd.

After releasing a trailer in 2020 and more gameplay videos last year, we’re thrilled the wait is almost over. According to the game’s website, Wander takes place in the seedy underworld of a decaying cybercity. He asks us to be “stealthy, nimble, silly and sometimes as annoying as possible with the strange inhabitants of this mysterious world”. Looks like a cat.

Video game poster for Stray featuring the game as an orange cat
BlueTwelve Studio Ltd.

It’s a huge step forward since the first computer animation in 1968, which was also that of a cat! Other studios have used motion capture of cats. All cat videos are good cat videos!

Melissa is Nerdist’s science and technology editor. She also leads “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.