It seems that the recent Wander is as popular with cats as it is with their owners, as evidenced by a flurry of cute videos players are sharing online. Developer BlueTwelve Studio took much of the gaming world by surprise when it announced Wander when the PS5 was unveiled in 2020, as this feline-centric adventure/platformer title looked nothing like what was being teased for the upcoming console at the time. In Wanderplayers take control of a lost cat wandering the streets of a dystopian cyberpunk city in search of a home, using its natural agility and a helpful drone companion to navigate the dark environment and avoid the patrols of robots.
In addition to featuring impressive graphics and a fresh take on platforming and open-world cross-functionality, Wander understandably won a lot of praise for its cute feline protagonist. Players can perform all sorts of adorable actions like napping on robot laps, playing with cardboard boxes that litter the city’s alleys, and even letting out a cute little meow or two – powered by Wander voice actress and equally valuable real-world cat Lala. Developer BlueTwelve Studio apparently spared no expense in recreating the look and behavior of cats in Wanderand it’s no surprise that real felines love watching the game in action as much as their owners love playing it.
Wander editor Annapurna Interactive recently shared an adorable video clip on his official Twitter account of a real cat prancing on screen as the game’s main character plays with one of the many AI-controlled felines that players can bond in. ‘friendship. Wander. This cute scene inspired a wave of similar videos from Wander players filming their own pets’ reactions to the game in the comments section, like the co-founder of Creditbook At Hisham Adamjee’s kitty reaching out to the hapless feline hero as he rushes through the rain. Likewise, Bruce Buckham shared a clip of her own cat, Kimi, following with Wanderthe main character – and humorously asking if the developers could add a co-op mode so they can play together.
Wander was already one of Steam’s most sought-after titles ahead of its launch on PlayStation and PC platforms last week, and the game received mostly positive reviews for its stunning visuals and dark but hopeful plot. Previously, WanderThe marketing of has expanded into the realm of real pet owners as Annapurna Interactive has partnered with Travel Cat to produce a range of Wander-cat-themed backpacks and hosted a first party at NYC’s cat cafe, Meow Parlor, this weekend.
WanderThe devotion to capturing the real life behavior, movements and charm of cats shines through in its visuals and gameplay, and it looks like the game has managed to appeal to real felines as well as their owners. With pet owners now turning their real-life kittens into Wanderit might not be long before the internet sees adorable videos of cats following each other as their digital avatars browse. Wanderit is dark but endearing cyberpunk game world.
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