With Replaced, Microsoft managed a little E3 surprise during its Xbox Showcase: The gloomy, retro-futuristic action game delights in the first trailer with a fabulous pixel art look, tough battle scenes and a dark sci-fi scenario. If you missed the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2021, you can watch the video bite right here:

Replaced is a pure single player title and wants one deep, dystopian story tell. The 2.5D action game is set in an alternative America of the 80s, in which society has been thrown out of joint after a nuclear disaster. Corruption, greed and chaos rule the streets of Phoenix City, a run-down metropolis in which an unscrupulous company is in charge. Her specialty: illegal organ trafficking, for which the poorest residents of the city are gradually harvested to meet the demand of the super-rich. A brutal business for which an AI called REACH was specially developed to regulate and optimize the market in the future. But something goes wrong and REACH involuntarily ends up in a human body – namely that of your character.




Replaced surprises in the trailer with a great graphic style.



Replaced surprises in the trailer with a great graphic style.

Quelle: Sad Cat Studios




As an AI in human form, you explore the gloomy world from the side, complete jumping and climbing and plunge into lavishly animated battles, which, according to the developers, should rely on a fluid free-flow system. The developers also promise a tough, multi-layered cyberpunk world, a story full of surprises and a cinematic staging that was inspired by films such as Blade Runner 2049 and Alien. How well it will play can only be guessed at the moment, but the game makes a fantastic impression from a purely visual point of view: The developers rely on characters and objects in an old-fashioned pixel look, combined with modern rendering tricks, smooth animations and atmospheric 3D environments.




Replaced surprises in the trailer with a great graphic style.



Replaced surprises in the trailer with a great graphic style.

Quelle: Sad Cat Studios




At first glance, it is reminiscent of The Last Night, which also relies on a dark cyberpunk world with a modern pixel art style. Since the acclaimed announcement four years ago, however, the project has been suspiciously quiet.

Replaced is the debut title from Sad Cat Studios, a still unknown team based in Minsk, Belarus. The release should take place next year, so far the developers have specified PC, Xbox One and Series S / X as platforms. At launch, Replaced will also be included in the Xbox Game Pass. On Steam you can already put the game on the wish list.

Sources: Steam, developer

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