Cat! I'm a kitty cat. And I dance, dance, dance and I dance, dance, dance.

A release date for the game where you play as a cat, Stray, was given last night during PlayStation's State of Play event. On July 19, 2022 you will get to become a cat on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam. Stray will also be available to those with PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium subscribers at the same time.

In Stray, you play as a cat that has been long separated from their family. It's up to you, as a cat, to "untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten city." This is a third-person adventure game set in the alleyways and passages of a neon-lit cybercity. You will come across foes and friends as you do all the things a cat would do to get by.

A new PlayStation Blog post by developer BlueTwelve Studio talks briefly about some of the challenges in animating a cat.

Seeing them interact with objects around the office (even sometimes shutting down our computers at the worst possible moment!) gave us quite a lot of inspiration for the various cat interactions that are possible throughout the game. And of course they all have been reviewed and approved by Jun and Oscar themselves!

But all of those efforts bringing the cat to life were made so that people can properly enjoy exploring as a cat in the game. We are so excited to finally be able to show a glimpse of some new environments like “Antvillage” in our release trailer which is this village built around a huge reservoir. It’s a good example of how the cat’s exceptional abilities allow us to have more freedom in our level design, especially vertically to explore highs and lows in the world.

When we decided to add the backpack and the small drone called B-12 that follows the cat everywhere, it opened up a new layer of ways to interact and learn about the environment for us. Especially the ability to talk with the characters of the world was really important to convey some fundamental points about the environment or learn a bit more backstory from several of its inhabitants.