Life By You Early Access release delayed to June

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Paradox Interactive’s The Sims rival, Life By You, has been delayed once again, with the new Early Access release date now set for 4th June 2024.

Developed by Paradox Tectonic, a team led by The Sims veteran Rod Humble, Life By You will have another three months in the crockpot, to let the team further refine the visuals for the human characters and continue to improve gameplay. The game’s Early Access was original intended for September 2023, but was previously pushed back to March, and now June 2024.

As part of this, any pre-orders on Epic have now been cancelled, and pre-orders will not be re-enabled on either Epic or Steam. The pre-order perks of the Life Begins Pack and the Nightlife Vibes Pack will be made available to everyone at launch now.

For those who pre-ordered through Epic, please be on the lookout for an email from Epic. We’ve worked with our partners to make sure that your support does not go unnoticed, and appreciate your patience!

“The strong community bond built and fostered by the studio was a driving force to ensure a high-quality game at the start of early access,” the press release states, which might be Paradox taking a different approach to this launch after the heavy criticism that Cities: Skylines 2 received at launch last year – Colossal Order are still suffering from the fallout of the decision to release a game with performance issues and bugs.

While this is an Early Access release, it’s also pretty important for Paradox Tectonic to have a good launch. This game is really looking to eat The Sims 5’s lunch before that game can launch. This will come with all of the standard features that you would expect, but with a far deeper degree of customisation and control for the player. You’ll naturally be able to build their home, with ingrained customisation for colour palettes and designs, and then guide your humans through life, through careers, love and more. You’ll be able to take direct control of people (any person in the world) and move them in the world, and be able to engage in contextually generated conversations with other people. Pretty much all of this can then be modded, from creating custom styles to writing your own dialogue, create events, items, shops, careers, skills, traits and more. It’s very ambitious in that regard.

We had the chance to preview the game at Gamescom 2023, and you can read all about that here.

Source: Press release

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