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Sims-like Life by You gets delayed by half a year

Early Access for Life by You will start later than planned
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Initially scheduled to start into Early Access in September 2023, Paradox’ Life by You is not going to be playable this year after all. Former The Sims boss Rod Humble, who leads the responsible studio Paradox Tectonic, announced in a video update that Life by You’s Early Access has been delayed into next year. It will now be playable on March 5, 2024.

Life by You is an ambitious attempt by Paradox at grabbing some of the market share EA holds sway over with The Sims. First impressions will be key to make that work, so it’s no wonder that the team wants to play it safe. According to Humble, the studio will use the time gained by the delay to implement feedback gathered from the community so far regarding visuals, UI, mod tools, language support, and technical performance.

Anyone who’s already pre-ordered the game on the Epic Game Store will be refunded, publisher Paradox has stated. Life by You wasn’t available for purchase on Steam yet, hence no refunds on that platform.

We recently had the chance to interview Rod Humble about his upcoming project, which plans on allowing players a lot of freedom and flexibility thanks to in-depth mod support and other tools to make the open world map their own.

EA and Maxis, meanwhile, are working on The Sims 5, codenamed Project Rene, which looks to be a free-to-play title.