Xbox Exclusive Replaced Delayed: ‘At This Point We Can’t Afford to Release a Sub-Par Game’

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Replaced, an upcoming Xbox console unique that has discovered its means to a number of most anticipated record thanks to its lavish pixel artwork, has been delayed to 2024.

Developer Sad Cat Studios introduced the delay alongside a manufacturing replace, stressing that the crew “do perceive the sport’s scope” and that improvement is progressing “at a regular tempo.” However, the top quality of its visuals, which incorporates greater than 500 “meticulously hand-painted animations made only for platforming,” has put the discharge not on time.

“After Replaced’s preliminary announcement in 2021 and its follow-up trailer in 2022 we had this unbelievable excessive bar of neighborhood’s expectations,” the crew wrote in a assertion posted on X. “And at this level we knew that we won’t afford to launch a sub-par recreation…This is our first recreation, and we would like to make each facet of it the perfect it may be.”

Replaced gained reward for its rad 2.5D artwork when it was first introduced. It was a part of a showcase that on the time left us feeling optimistic general about Xbox’s future. A brand new Replaced trailer was proven once more at The Game Awards 2022, the place we known as it one of many present’s 10 finest reveals.

Replaced is about in a darkish, different Nineteen Eighties America and options heavy cyberpunk themes. It was beforehand slated for 2022 solely to be delayed by the conflict in Ukraine.

When Replaced does launch, it’ll be part of what is anticipated to a robust yr for Xbox exclusives, with potential releases together with Avowed, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024, and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. It will probably be a Day 1 launch on Xbox Game Pass.

Kat Bailey is IGN’s News Director in addition to co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a tip? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.

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