Stray’s Biggest Fans Are Mesmerized Cats which is kind of interesting. PlayStation exclusive Stray launched to rave reviews, but it seems that house cats happen to be the game’s biggest fans.
Stray’s Biggest Fans Are Mesmerized Cats
The standout game of the July PS plus line-up, stray places you in the furry paws of a lone cat to wander a dangerous cyberpunk city. There are charming robots to interact with, plenty of environmental Storytelling to soak up, and a fair few carpets to scratch as you prance about the place as a cute tabby.
Cat lovers across the internet were unsurprisingly excited about the game, but they are not the only ones who have fallen for puzzle Platformers. Many of their feline friends are just as captivated by Stray, as videos and pictures across social media show cats engrossed in the game.
Cats Just Wanna Have Fun
Over on the r/PlayStation subreddits, users have been sharing images of their cats appearing completely hypnotized by the game. While Stray’s unnamed feline protagonist waltzes about on screen, many players’ pets look on enraptured.
There are plenty more besides. A lot more, as a matter of fact. Seriously, a lot of people love posting pictures of their cats staring at stray. It’s become something of a trend of the subreddit over the past 24 hours to show just how enraptured your pet is really.
But their obsession is barely a surprise. Stray’s Protagonist was meticulously modeled and animated to authentically reflect the movements of real-life cats. Everything from the movement of their shoulder as they walk, to the way they bound between platforms, to how they indifferently shove objects right off the edge of furniture looks familiar.
PlayStation Blog on Stray
A PlayStation Blog Post Mentions Stray’s main cat animator spent countless hours searching for video reference material in order to accurately imitate the subtleties of feline movement. Together with the studio’s cat programmer, they worked “countless hours together just on the basic movements of the main character, iterating and fine tweaking every little jump and transition”.
It seems to have paid off. Stray has successfully tricked real cats into believing one of their own has been sucked into the television screen. That level of fidelity must be every animator’s dream.