It was a real treat to see the 2.5D retro-futuristic action-platformer Replaced at E3 2021. Replaced portrays an artificial intelligence (AI) called REACH who is imprisoned in a humanoid form. Initially planned for release in 2022, Replaced’s steampunk design and stunning pixelated graphics as well as choreography mark it different from other upcoming games.
No new information on Sad Cat Studios’ action-platformer, Replaced, has been made public following the launch of the game’s theme teaser music. Regrettably, the Belarusian-based firm has now spoken out about how Russia’s incursion of Ukraine has affected it.
The Game Has Been Delayed Till Next Year
The independent platformer’s creators, distributor, and mother organization, Sad Cat and Coatsink, have all provided a report on the game’s progress. According to this post, the crew plus their relatives’ protection is Sad Cat’s first concern since they reside in “neighboring territories.” “Previous timelines that have been severely disrupted,” Sad Cat has decided to defer Replaced till 2023 when they will not be confronted with these challenges.
— REPLACED (@REPLACEDGame) May 25, 2022
Apparently, work on the game has picked back up following a move, and Sad Cat praises supporters for their “constant tolerance and understanding.” Although the well-being of people concerned is paramount, it’s easy to see how the interests of the general public can be affected by this. Releasing Replaced in 2023, when it “matches the brilliance” of its original unveiling video, is a logical option. Players should be just as thrilled to experience it then.
In a dystopian future version of the 1980s, modern technologies coexist alongside remnants of the past. As in Blade Runner, colorful illumination enhances Replacement’s stunning assault graphics that include intricate knockdowns and blaster firing in a style reminiscent of the film.
Despite the recent rise of the cyberpunk subgenre in pop culture, Replaced sustains its own unique aesthetic while also offering game mechanics that feel pleasantly new for a 2.5D title.
It’s a shame that Replaced has to be postponed, but if it ensures that the wellbeing of the devs is paramount and the product is delivered at the intended standard at the correct moment, then it would be a wonderful launch for everybody. After Russia’s annexation of Ukraine, the devs were ready to regain their composure enough to begin work on Replaced, which is good news for the game’s fans. Until then, additional information will have to be kept under wraps.