I honestly don’t know how I missed this, but there’s a game where you can own a virtual cat and pretend it’s a real one by strapping one of your controllers to a stuffed toy. I’m not kidding. Konrad The Kitten has been in Early Access on Steam and the Oculus Store for little over 6 months now, and it will be released in full on these platforms as well as for PSVR next week.
This isn’t something I knew I wanted, but now that Konrad The Kitten is nearing release, I can’t see myself not playing it. Sure, there have been other virtual pet games, but can you just imagine the utter silliness of seeing someone squeeze a stuffed animal with a controller taped to it while playing in VR? It’s something that I absolutely need to see and experience now. Especially since Konrad the kitten looks absolutely adorable.
Developer FusionPlay have announced that the game is nearing its full release for PC VR headsets and that the game will launch simultaneously for PSVR on February 23rd. And what a great day it will be for lonely (or maybe not so lonely) feline enthusiasts everywhere.
Of course, like most virtual pet games out there you get to feed, play with, train, and buy little outfits for your little furry friend. But what makes this game so unique, as mentioned above, is its ‘Plushy Mode’ which will track your controller and mirror its position in the game so you can strap it to a fluffy toy. Then pick it up and cuddle with what feels like a real cat. Actually, scratch that. It probably won’t. But it will certainly make for a uniquely interesting experience, that’s for sure. Now if only we can find a way to translate this technology to anime cat girl games. Hmm…
Take a look at the trailer:
“Konrad regularly wants to play mini-games that require you to actively guide him. He catches mice, flies through an obstacle course of rings or throws dishes from the couch table. Scoring in these mini-games rewards you with coins that can be traded in for 50+ different accessories. Customise his look by dressing him with hats, glasses and necklaces or even change the colour and pattern of his fur. Just make him look like your own cat or the cat you always wanted to have,” said Konrad Kunze, developer at FusionPlay in a blog post. When resorting to Plush Mode, however, you should make sure that the controller can’t come loose while you’re playing with your kitten. According to Konrad they simply use rubber bands or scrunchies in the office but he notes that the Move Controller needs to look away from the plushy’s head. For accuracy, you know.
So, make sure to catch this unique experience when Konrad The Kitten releases next week. Though note that the $9.99 price will go up for the PC VR versions when it releases in full on the 23rd. So you might want to grab a copy before then if you’re planning on having a plushy good time!