A new splitscreen multiplayer mode for the recently released adventure game Stray lets you make friends with a feline friend.
After working out a way to swap out Stray’s silent hero for his pet, modders have found another way to add even more cats to the game. Modder KangiDani has released a splitscreen mode (opens in new tab) For the hit platformer, lets you and your friends play together as your own tabby.
Being a mod, it only works on PC, so if you’re playing Stray on PS5 or PS4, unfortunately you won’t be able to play with Cat Chum. But on the plus side, console gamers can play Stray for free, so that’s something.
The mod supports only local cooperatives for now, but says Kangideni (opens in new tab) They know that another modder is looking to build an online co-op mod down the line.
room for more
You can play using the same keyboard, or plug in another controller to follow along on city streets. How many co-op players can be added using the mod isn’t clear, and even Kangideni isn’t sure, as they ran out of controllers to test with. The current screenshots show three players simultaneously in the game.
The mod is still in early development, and KangiDene has highlighted some of the bugs you can expect to run into. At the moment, only Player 1 can see the game’s HUD, it may crash during level transitions, and you may see some visual disturbances while playing. All the standard beginner problems for a new mod.
Playing in co-op actually sounds easy enough, though. Once the mod is installed, go to Main Menu and tap F9 on your keyboard to add a secondary player. It is currently unclear whether you are able to remove players after adding them, however, don’t take it away.
To install the mod, you’ll need to download its main file and its accompanying splitscreen configuration, as well as the Unreal Engine mod loader. Follow these instructions as listed in the description of the mod to get it done:
- Download the main mod and splitscreen config files from the Nexus Mods page
- Drag the SplitScreenRequiredConfig_P.pak file to the ‘paks’ folder in str’s file directory
- Create a new folder in the existing ‘pax’ folder named ‘logicmod’
- Drag the splitscreenmod.pak file to the new folder
- Download Latest UnrealModLoader (opens in new tab) and extract the zipped file anywhere on your PC
- Launch UnrealModLoader.exe
- launch vagrant