Paradox Tectonic has shown off more of its The Sims-inspired game Life by You, and revealed an Early Access release date for later this year.
The game's development is headed by Rod Humble, who was the series head for The Sims, and later worked on Second Life. It looks set to offer real competition for The Sims in much the same way Paradox's Cities Skylines did for Sim City.
Life by You takes on the Sims
There's a lot of customization going on in this game (everything from the city itself to micro details on items, and it appears to be more accessible than EA's monolithic life sim. Crucially, there's an explorable open world too that will allow you to jump from one character to another rather than be confined to a single household.
Rod Humble also promises the open world will be free of loading screens and you can drive or ride in vehicles of all kinds. Interestingly, you can skip an entire decade of time in seconds to see where things go over a long period of time.
Lots can be freely moved to different locations. So say you don't want to commute to work, you could move the office next door!
I'd say all that would be a key way of drawing the eyes of long-serving Sims fans away.
There are also intriguing dialogue choices for characters, suggesting a different focus for social interaction in Life by You. It's really going all out to be 'more' than what the competition offers. A Conversation System allows for unique context-sensitive conversations based on the character's situations. You can also just eavesdrop on characters in the world whenever you want.
Even more exciting is that you can create your very own conversations. Thus creating new personal stories within the game. It's all sounding incredibly ambitious. Early Access makes a lot of sense as a result. Paradox Tectonic will be including its own creation tools with the game at launch to give players the utmost freedom. So from day one, you'll be able to modify a cat tree into a sofa or as the developer video showed, turn a bush into a commode.
You can pre-order Early Access on Epic Games Store and Steam now ahead of the September 12 release. There are some pre-order items for the game included if you choose Epic as well.
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