Sad Cat Studios has announced that their highly anticipated Xbox console exclusive, Replaced, has been delayed to 2024. The delay was attributed to the extensive and meticulous pixel art that the game boasts, which has contributed to the game's high quality visuals but has also caused production to fall behind schedule.
The development team acknowledged that they are aware of the scope of the game and assured fans that progress is being made at a steady pace. In a statement, they explained that the overwhelming expectations from the community, following the game's initial announcement in 2021 and subsequent trailer in 2022, compelled them to strive for perfection.
Replaced received acclaim for its impressive 2.5D art when it was first revealed. The game was showcased during The Game Awards 2022, where it was highlighted as one of the top 10 reveals of the show. Set in an alternate dark 1980s America with cyberpunk themes, Replaced has captured the attention of gamers eager for an immersive experience.
Originally slated for a 2022 release, Replaced encountered delays due to the war in Ukraine. However, when it does launch, it will join an impressive lineup of Xbox exclusives expected in 2024, including Avowed, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024, and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. Replaced will also be a Day 1 release on Xbox Game Pass, further increasing its accessibility.
The decision to delay Replaced demonstrates the developer's commitment to delivering an exceptional gaming experience. By taking the time to ensure that every aspect of the game is of the highest quality, Sad Cat Studios aims to exceed the community's expectations and establish themselves as formidable creators in the gaming industry.
– Sad Cat Studios (Developer)
– The Game Awards 2022