Paradox Interactive and Paradox Tectonic have announced a new life simulation game Life by You with a short teaser trailer presented at the 2023 Paradox Announcement Show. While there will be more details revealed at an announcement event hosted on the 20th of March 2023, it is notable that former Sims studio head Rod Humble, known for his work on The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, is leading the development of Life by You.
The teaser video shows brief glimpses of gameplay, but it is clear that the game shows promise as a fresh Sims competitor. First, we see a lush, vibrant world with a variety of vehicles, including a bus and a pink car driving down an open road (possibly suggesting that players will be able to explore surrounding areas). Then we get a quick look at characters, similar to sims, enjoying happy moments in their stylistic homes as well as an ending shot over a beautiful sunny beach. Paradox also showcased a clip teasing home development and customisations.
There’s still a lot to learn about Life by You, but it’s exciting to have another competitor join the life simulation scene, which The Sims has comfortably ruled for decades. As players grow tired of purchasing DLC after DLC, Life by You is sure to be a popular contender if it provides a complete, content-heavy base game. And Paradox is not the only studio posing an alternative option for Sims players; Paralives is another life sim currently in development by a small team, and through sharing teasers and dev logs, it has also garnered a reputation as a Sim competitor. It’s impossible to determine which game will come out on top, but the life sim genre is definitely flourishing with unique ideas and fun gameplay.