During yesterday's joint conference of Microsoft and Bethesda we saw 30 games across 90 minutes. Some of them could have easily escaped your attention, like the inconspicuous Replaced from Sad Cat Studios and Coatsink. This 2D platformer in cyberpunk aesthetics draws attention with beautiful, pixel-art graphics and dynamic, well-paced combat. Here's a trailer.
We didn't learn too much about the game - its main character is to be R.E.A.C.H., an AI trapped in a human body, from whose perspective we'll be traversing the streets and nooks of the neon-lit metropolis. The character can incapacitate enemies and kill them with blasters. Platforming sections, such as jumping on moving trains or climbing on the roof of a hotel by its signboard, also seem to play an important role in the game.
Sad Cat Studios and Coatsink's game seems to be a good creation to tell a "deep, immersive, dystopian story". But it's hard to say at this point whether we'll actually get one. The importance of interacting with NPCs, as indicated by the developers, speaks in favor of that, but we'll have to wait for more information.
Replaced is to be released in 2022 on PC, XONE and XSX|S. The game will also be available on the Xbox Game Pass service from day one.