Stray Has Already Smashed Annapurna’s Concurrent Player Record On Steam

Stray is finally here, marking the arrival of what might well be the most unexpected hit of 2022. It appears a large chunk of you reading this likely already know that, though. Annapurna Interactive's latest title peaked at almost 63,000 players on Steam during its first day, making it the most successful game on the platform for the studio by quite some way.

In fact, quite some way might well be an understatement. According to SteamDB, Stray's concurrent player count peaked at 62,963 players on Tuesday evening. As highlighted by BenjiSales in the tweet you can check out below, which was published as Stray surpassed 50,000 players on Steam, the previous record was held by 12 Minutes. A record that has been well and truly obliterated by everyone's new favorite cat.

12 Minutes' concurrent player count peaked at a whisker over 8,000, with Outer Wilds rounding out the top three with a little more than 100 players less than that. Stray has left both of those titles and everything else Annapurna has ever launched eating its cat litter. Even right now, in the middle of the day at the time of typing this, almost 48,000 people are playing Stray. That puts it in the top 20 games being played as you read this, above games like FIFA 22 and Elden Ring.

News that Stray is popular with PC players shouldn't come as much of a surprise. It was the most wishlisted game on the platform prior to its launch and is currently the fifth highest rate game on Steam in 2022. Cats seem to love it too. A number of people who have been enjoying Stray on launch day have been sharing how their cats have been reacting to the game. Suffice to say, most of them appear to be big fans of seeing one of their own up on the screen.

The best news of all for Annapurna and Stray developer BlueTwelve is their new game isn't only available on PC. It's also available to buy on PS4 and PS5. Best of all, if you're a PS Plus Extra or Premium subscriber, you can play Stray right now at no additional cost. Odds are there are a lot more people playing the game on PlayStation, so there's really no telling how much more successful it has been than any other Annapurna game to have come before it right now.

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