Publisher Annapurna Interactive and developer BlueTwelve Studio have unveiled a new gameplay trailer for upcoming third-person cat adventure game Stray, showing off several locations around its forgotten cybercity alongside their inhabitants, but also giving us a sense of how the title approaches puzzles, and what the role of small flying drone B12 will be.
In Stray, players control an injured cat that, separated from its family, ended up in the aforementioned cybercity. Escaping it requires solving "an ancient mystery" that's done through a fair share of platforming, puzzle solving, and communication. Playing from a cat's perspective will require different approaches to solving puzzles that might, otherwise, be familiar.
Instead of interacting with a lever or pressing a button to stop a fan that's blocking its path, the game's protagonist has to pick up a bucket and let it roll down a ramp, ultimately locking the fan in place. Stray's lead feline is also seen pushing a paint bucket off a ledge to break a glass window below, potentially opening the way forward.
While certain areas of the cybercity do look abandoned, the place remains inhabited by droids that have a certain human-like quality to them. B12, a drone the protagonist meets along the way, facilitates communicating with them, which reveals more about their community.
Stealth and speed are vital to evading the different dangers you'll encounter as you make your way across the city, but you can also obtain tools to fight back. Stray's gameplay trailer only features one type of enemy that resembles cute, blobby headcrabs which attempt to swarm their prey.
Stray was initially meant to launch this year but has now had its release date delayed to some point in early 2022, which is when it'll arrive on PC, via Steam, PS5, and PS4.
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