Replaced, the “retro-futuristic 2.5D platformer” from Sad Cat Studios and Coatsink, has been delayed. Originally slated to release sometime this year following a 2021 reveal, the game will now release in 2023. Developer Sad Cat and its publisher Coatsink and parent company Thunderful announced the delay this week while explaining the new date. The game is still slated to be a console exclusive on the Xbox platform and is still slated for a PC release via Steam and the Epic Games Store as well.
News of the delay was shared by the game’s social accounts this week, with Russia’s war against Ukraine cited as a main factor in the adjusted schedule. Sad Cat Studios is based in Belarus, a country heavily involved in the war given its support for Russia. As such, part of the development team has been relocated and couldn’t start working on the game until recently.
Given this delay in development, it makes sense that the game itself would be pushed back.
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“Publisher Coatsink, parent company Thunderful, and developer Sad Cat Studios have decided to move the release to 2023 to ensure the game is in the best possible condition,” the announcement shared this week said. “We continue to work hard to achieve the quality you expect from the trailer, but we are prioritizing the physical and mental health of the developers by not forcing the original deadlines which were unexpectedly impacted.”
When the game was announced, inspirations such as Blade Runner 2049, Alien, and Upgrade were listed as some of the works that played into the ideas that entered into Replacedalthough from the game overview you might have already been able to detect it.
“Replaced is a retro-futuristic 2.5D sci-fi action platformer where you play as REACH – an artificial intelligence trapped in a human body against its own will, according to a preview of the game.”Replaced combines cinematic platforming, pixel art and free-flowing action combat in a 1980s alternative.”
Replaced Now slated for release sometime in 2023.