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Stray breaks Annapurna record for biggest PC game launch

Annapurna Interactive’s adventure game Stray, featuring an open cyberpunk world that players can explore as a cat, sets a new record for its PC launch.

WanderAnnapurna Interactive’s latest offering where players control a stray cat through a lush cyberpunk world to find its way home, set a new PC launch record for the video game publisher on its very first day of release.

According to a tweet reported by Chronicle of video games, Wander demolished Annapurna’s previous record for a PC game release by a massive margin. About 12 hours after its launch date, the adventure game had over 50,000 concurrent players on Steam. The previous peak record was held by the 2021 game Twelve Minutes at just 8,021, which means Wander accumulated more than 6 times more games. To complete the top five Annapurna games, Outer Wildlands at 7,936, neon white with 3,277 and Journey yielding 1,757. Wander’the numbers got even higher by the end of the day.

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The number of players also put Wander at number 13 when VGCthe report is out, with AAA headlines like Grand Theft Auto and free hit Apex Legends leading indie game from small French developer BlueTwelve Studio. Wander was released on PC and PlayStation on July 19 for $29.99, but is also free for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium subscribers.

Notice for Wander were filled with praise. Polygon called it a “triumph”. Kotaku found the game both introspective and entertaining, writing, “I walked into Wander waiting for a platform game on a cat. I didn’t expect a deeply deep meditation on what it means to be alive.” IGN never got bored of the “wonderfully rich world”. And CBR’s own review called the game “fresh, charming, and breathtaking.”

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The success of the so-called “cat simulator” should come as no surprise as it became Steam’s most searched game in early July, pushing the top spot away from the survival game. The day before. Buzz had been building since Wander for a while, but leaked news that developer Fntastic used unpaid “volunteers” to do The day before and the ensuing backlash also helped knock him out of the top spot.

Whereas Wander is a bit shorter when it comes to gameplay, the immersive open world and rich design made it an early fan favorite. A key feature is the feline protagonist’s ability to pet, or rather cuddle, other cats in the game. Following in the footsteps of the ever-important question of “Can you pet the dog?” BlueTwelve has included full cuddling capability with purrs and loving grooming between the playful cat and those found in the gaming world.

Wander is available now for PC via Steam and on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Source: TwitterGoing through Chronicle of video games