Remember Replaced, the atmospheric, futuristic action game unveiled during last year’s Xbox Showcase? Set in a dystopian version of 1980s USA, Replaced chronicles the exploits of an AI living in a human body. The fight is reminiscent of some of the best sci-fi movies and games, including Bladerunner and Cyberpunk 2077. Exciting, right? Well, unfortunately, Replaced has been pushed back to 2023.
The statement from publisher Coastink, parent company Thunderful and developer Sad Cat Studios on Twitter reads (in full) as follows:
“Today we are making the very difficult decision to postpone Replaced to 2023.
The Belarus-based studio Sad Cat Studios working on the game has a team of talented developers for Belarus and Ukraine. Unfortunately, the ongoing war in Ukraine has severely hampered the development of Replaced, as most of the team lives in neighboring regions.
The priority for Sad Cat was the safety of the team and their families. As a result, part of the team has now moved and work on Replaced has only recently resumed.
Publisher Coatsink, parent company Thundeful and developer Sad Cat Studios have decided to delay the release to 2023 to ensure the game is in the best possible condition. We continue to work hard to achieve the quality you expect from the trailer, but prioritize both the physical and mental health of the developers by not enforcing the original deadlines, which were unexpectedly impacted.
Thank you for all of your continued patience and support for Replaced and Sad Cat Studios.
It won’t be long before you can un3r% the V0id…….”
The war between Russia and Ukraine remains a devastating conflict affecting the lives of millions. Game studios have shown support for Ukraine, with some developers creating projects that are a “clear middle finger” for the invasion.
https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/05/25/replaced-is-delayed-until-2023-studio-safety-prioritized-in-wake-of-russia-ukraine-war Replaced Is Delayed Until 2023, Studio Safety Prioritized In Wake Of Russia-Ukraine War