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Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: Coatsink
Developer: Sad Cat Studios
Release Date: 2023

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'Replaced' Gets Delayed Until 2023 Due To On-going Ukraine War

by Rainier on May 25, 2022 @ 12:27 p.m. PDT

Replaced is a 2.5D sci-fi retro-futuristic action platformer where you play as R.E.A.C.H. an artificial intelligence trapped in a human body against its own will.

The game is a mix of cinematic platformer, pixel art, free-flow action combat and deep engaging dystopian story set in an alternative 1980’s. 

In and around Phoenix-City, Outlaws are rife in society. Everything is ruled by corruption and greed and the ones in power see humans and their organs as nothing more than just currency.

A Dark Alternative to the '80s We Know and Love

Most of us think of the '80s as a time of questionable hairstyles, boom boxes, glam rock and the birth of iconic games like Pac-Man and Tetris; a simpler time (albeit with more glitter). But what would the '80s have looked like in a past where the Trinity nuclear test in the '40s went wrong, causing a bomb to explode and resulting in national devastation? In Replaced, you get a glimpse into that world, where "Sweet Dreams" are for the sleeping and you "Stopped Believin'" a long time ago.

Bioengineering is Just the Beginning

Replaced is set almost 40 years after the nuclear explosion, in a walled fortress known as Phoenix-City ruled by the corrupt Phoenix Corp, a company founded on "matching" voluntary donors with greedy clients looking to upgrade their body parts. As time went on, they found that voluntary supply was falling behind demand and soon the richest clients could get their hands on anything while citizens started to go missing at an alarming rate. Vocal cords, legs, eyes, livers? No problem for the wealthy.

Publisher Coatsink, parent company Thudnerful, and developer Sad Cat Studios have just released a statement concerning the decision to delay the anticipated sci-fi retro-futuristic action platformer REPLACED to 2023.

Today we're making the very difficult decision to delay Replaced until 2023.

The Belarusian based studio working on the game, Sad Cat Studios, has a team od talented developers from Belarus and Ukraine. Unfortunately, the continued war in Ukraine has heavily impact the development of Replaced, as most of the team resides in the neighboring regions.

The priority of Sad Car was for the safety of the team and their families. As a result, part of the team has now relocated and work has only recently restarted on Replaced.

Publisher Coatsink, parent company Thunderful, and developer Sad Cat Studios have decided to move the release to 2023 to ensure that the game is in the best state it can possibly be. We are continuing to work hard to match the quality you've come to expect from the trailer, but are prioritizing both the physical and mental health of the developers by not forcing the original deadlines that have been unexpectedly impacted.

Thank you all for your continued patience and support for Replaced and Sad cat Studios.

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By the time people realized what was happening it was too late, Phoenix Corp was running the whole country, throwing the leftover and unwilling donors into the "disposal" areas outside the city walls to live as outlaws (the ones that survived that is). In the early days, the corporation started looking into AI and how this could help run their system more efficiently — and that's how the first prototypes for R.E.A.C.H, the main AI, were created.

Inspiration for the Game

Replaced is inspired by cyberpunk stylized films like Blade Runner 2049, Alien, and Upgrade. The pixel art style complements the '80s aesthetic while the free-flow action-inspired combat creates an exciting and immersive gaming experience with some unexpected twists in the storyline to keep players hooked.

Replaced is scheduled for release in 2023 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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