Stray breaks Annapurna Interactive’s highest player count record on PC and is in the top 100 most played games on Steam.
Stray is one of the most anticipated indie games of 2022 and its release has been wildly successful as the debut title from BlueTwelve Studios. Not only a success on PlayStation but also a victory on PC, Stray broke publisher Annapurna Interactive’s record for concurrent players on Steam by a huge margin.
Since its reveal in 2020, the community has been quite attentive to the details surrounding Stray, and the excitement is only growing as the game’s launch time approaches. The game was popular at launch thanks to its unique concept and outstanding art that did exactly what players would expect from a game published by Annapurna Interactive. In its first launch yesterday, Stray topped the list of most wanted games on Steam. Upon release, it looks like BlueTwelve Studios’ cat-centric title is everything fans could want. The game has received rave reviews and is achieving respectable sales numbers.
Often used as a benchmark for the success of a PC game, the list of the 100 most played games on Steam is mostly dominated by long-established free-to-play titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or giants like Grand Theft Auto 5. After yesterday’s release, Stray climbed to number 13 on Steam’s top 100 games list, peaking at 62,963 concurrent players. The game even surpassed almost twice the peak player count of Elden Ring. Furthermore, Stray comfortably surpassed the publisher’s own previous player count peak of 8,021, counted for Twelve Minutes, making BlueTwelve Studios’ first game a successful PC launch. for Annapurna Interactive to date.
Not only a commercial success but also a critical success, Stray was well received by fans and critics alike. Currently, the game holds a “Extremely Positive” user rating on Steam at a rate of 97%. Meanwhile, critics rated Stray with praise for its challenging puzzles and realism to the game’s protagonist cat.
In recent years, Annapurna Interactive has consistently released high-quality indie titles from many small studios. This past June, Annapurna released Neon White, a surprise hit among a multitude of major titles, even seen by many as a potential Game of The Year contender. Annapurna Interactive is preparing to continue the success of Stray and Neon White with an event on July 28 that promises to bring revelations, announcements and more to gamers.
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