Devs delay REPLACED to 2023 due to Russia-Ukraine conflict

Belarus-based dev confirms that the upcoming retro sci-fi video game is no longer coming out this year.

Microsoft's upcoming slate of games just got even thinner.

REPLACED is just the latest victim of Russia's war against Ukraine.

According to Sad Cat Studios, the upcoming cyberpunk-style platformer will come out in 2023 due to the impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine. Coatsink, the game's publisher, as well as its parent company, Thunderful, and the developers, all explained that it's pushing back the game's release to give staff members a chance to take better care of themselves, physically and mentally.

REPLACED was part of Microsoft's showcase at E3 2021 and would've helped mitigate the delay of other Xbox exclusives such as Redfall and Starfield.

Sad Cat Studios will relocate to a new space after leaving Belarus.

Unfortunately, Sad Cat's debut title will have to wait until 2023.

REPLACED now joins a long list of games that aren't coming out anytime soon due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which includes Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp and Little Orpheus as well as STALKER 2.

REPLACED caught the eyes of audiences in its initial showcase. The game puts its players in control of an artificial intelligence trapped inside a human body, REACH, as they to find an answer to their questions about their existence in an alternate version of the 1980s.

In the meantime, you can check out our writer's round-up of the best games developed and published in Ukraine.

Ray Ampoloquio
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