In the wondrous realm of life simulation games, a new contender is set to emerge from the creative minds at Paradox Tectonic. Life By You, the brainchild of Rod Humble and his talented team, was originally slated for an early access release in March of this year. However, like a rollercoaster ride of anticipation, it has gracefully glided back a few months in the release calendar, now scheduled to launch on June 4th.
In a video message filled with infectious enthusiasm, Humble addressed the fans, exclaiming, "As a team, we are so stoked for this date change!" It was a refreshing departure from the typical apologetic tone that accompanies delays. Humble revealed that the extended timeline would provide them with ample opportunity to focus on delivering a top-notch player experience right from the start of early access.
Paradox Tectonic, in their blog post unveiling the delay, outlined several areas for improvement based on valuable player feedback. Naturally, bug fixes, performance enhancements, and stability optimizations were at the top of the list. But they didn't stop there. Life By You, true to its core identity, aims to enhance its modding tools, empowering players to shape their virtual existence to their heart's content.
One aspect that Paradox Tectonic is particularly keen to address is the feedback on character designs. Proportions, facial animations, clothing clipping, and overall animations have all come under scrutiny. Humble expressed their desire to breathe more life into the faces of their virtual denizens, remarking, "The face and the eyes are the windows to the soul, and we think we're a little off where we want to be for the start of early access." As someone who found Life By You slightly uncanny, I'm thrilled to see that Paradox is taking this feedback seriously.
To appease the loyal fans who had pre-ordered Life By You, Paradox Tectonic will be issuing full refunds. More details can be found on the Life By You FAQ page. With the delay, players can still express their excitement by adding the game to their wishlists on the Epic Store and Steam. However, the option for pre-orders will no longer be available. Paradox sincerely apologized to those who might have pre-ordered multiple times, assuring them that they won't be subjected to a third request.
The life simulation genre has long yearned for a healthy dose of competition to invigorate its virtual veins. Life By You, from what we know so far, promises an unparalleled level of customization and modding within an expansive open-world sandbox. Imagine traversing the digital landscape in your trusty car, observing the world from an over-the-shoulder perspective, and engaging in shared customized quests with fellow players. These are the exhilarating features that set Life By You apart from its predecessors, and I have high hopes that Paradox will master the art of extreme sandbox qualities, propelling it to the forefront of the life simulation genre.
Originally delayed from September 2023 to March of this year, Life By You will now make its grand entrance on June 4th, gracing the digital shelves of Steam and the Epic Store. With plans for an extended early access period of at least a year, players can prepare for an immersive journey into a world where the only limit is the boundless expanse of their own imagination. So, ready your creative spirit and embark on this joyous pilgrimage to the ultimate sandbox experience. Life By You awaits, eager to transform your digital existence into a canvas of endless possibilities.