Release date, gameplay, trailers, platforms & more


    Life by You is an upcoming life simulation game set to rival genre-leading games like The Sims 4. Life By You promises the ability to control NPCs in a world created by you with a deep building and character customisation menu.

    Although clearly inspired by leading simulation games, Life By You has listed a content roadmap of features that that simulation fans have craved for years. This includes a full open world with the ability to switch control to NPCs on the fly, even if you’re not on their household menu.

    With the option to enlist in a career, find love, raise a family, build a home and more, the game is said to provide the building blocks for simulation fun.

    So, if you’re looking for a new life sim game to get engrossed in, check out everything we know about Life by You, including the release window, gameplay trailers, and more.

    Life by You release date

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    Life By You is due to release in early access on March 5, 2024. This comes as a delay to the previous scheduled window of September 2023.

    According to the game’s FAQ page, the developer decided on the delay to work on some much-needed improvements after community feedback. With this extra time, Paradox Tectonic aim to work on, gameplay tuning, UI style overhaul, mod tools, bug fixing and perhaps most importantly of all – visual improvements.

    Whilst not all planned features will be included in the game during early access (like children), the developer has implemented a roadmap of content which is subject to change depending on community feedback during the early access period. 

    You’ll be able to pick it up on the Epic Games Store and Steam for $39.99/£34.99/€39.99 at release.

    Life by You platforms

    Key art for Life By You showing a house build and gameplay

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    Currently, the only announced platform for Life by You is PC via the Epic Game Store and Steam.

    There is also no announced console release for Life by You yet, but this will likely be saved until the early access period is over. Due to the relationship between Paradox and Microsoft, it could also see a release on the Xbox Series X|S.

    Indeed, via the Life By You FAQ page the developer cites that ‘we may add additional platforms in the future’ so it looks promising, depending on the game’s success at launch.

    Life by You trailers

    The Life by You trailers currently released give a decent glimpse of what is to come in the life management and simulation game.

    See below for our full breakdown of what gameplay mechanics we can expect to see from Life By You at launch.

    Life by You gameplay

    Key art for Life By You showing an open world design

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    Life by You gives players a seamless open world with no loading screens, giving you a huge sandbox to play within. You’re not limited to the confines of your own home and can explore as far as the map can take you as you rearrange and design an entire town if you wish.

    There is of course the plethora of design and customisation features too that you’d expect from a game like this. You can build your dream homes from scratch (with a colour-wheel menu option) and design your ideal characters too with the in-depth Human Creator tool, complete with personality and character traits.

    There’s also a crafting mechanic to make your own dialogue options. This means characters will have crafted conversations and will react uniquely to situations in your game.

    What’s even better is the flexibility and integration of mod support. Developer Paradox Tectonic is planning to release a host of Creator Tools with the game upon early access launch. Meaning the only limit to housing and character design, in theory, is your imagination.

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