The Sims rival Life By You looks a lot more realistic than The Sims 4

Life By You – if it weren’t for the slightly more realistic visuals, you could easily mistake this for a new Sims (pic: Paradox Interactive)

The Paradox Interactive showcase has announced a new Sims rival, multiple DLC expansions, and Cities: Skylines 2.

It looks like EA and Maxis are about to face some competition when it comes to creating life sim games. While The Sims 5, otherwise known as Project Rene, is described as being a very long way off, publisher Paradox Interactive has teased its own alternative.

The teaser trailer for Life By You doesn’t reveal a whole lot but it’s still more gameplay than has been shown for The Sims 5 so far. In fact, you could easily mistake it for a new Sims game, albeit one with semi-realistic visuals.

What makes Life By You stand out is that it’s in development at Paradox Tectonic, which is led by one Rod Humble, aka the former head of The Sims series.

Humble was once employed at EA and, during his tenure, was promoted to executive vice president and head of The Sims label.

He oversaw the development and release of The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, both of which were critical and financial successes. The former remains popular even today, with some people still playing it despite it being nearly 20 years old.

Life By You will be Paradox Tectonic’s first game and although information is sparse at the moment, the studio is already promising to reveal more at a separate announcement event on March 20.

The reveal was part of Paradox Interactive’s recent online showcase, which also announced a sequel to Cities: Skylines, which is their alternative to the SimCity series.

The teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much, but Paradox is billing it as ‘the most realistic city builder ever’ and it’s even already scheduled for a 2023 launch.

The only other wholly new game reveal was The Lamplighters League, a ‘mix of real-time infiltration, turn-based tactical combat, and a character-driven story of adventure and intrigue’ from the creators of the most recent BattleTech game.

It’ll launch later this year for PC and Xbox Series X/S and sees you recruit a cast of colourful characters and embark on missions across the world to stop a tyrannical cult.

Following that was the Tours And Tournaments DLC expansion for Crusader Kings 3 which, as the name implies, adds the option to go on a Grand Tour (the 17th century equivalent of a gap year) and joining or host jousting tournaments.

On the subject of grand strategy games, Victoria 3, Europa Universalis 4, and Stellaris are all seeing new content as well, be it via free updates or full expansions arriving this spring.

Survival game Surviving The Aftermath will also be getting an expansion, subtitled Rebirth, that arrives on March 16 and adds a new terraforming mechanic.

Publishing label Paradox Arc unveiled two smaller titles: the retro inspired role-player Knights Of Pen And Paper 3, which launches on Steam later today, and auto-battler Mechabellum – which is out on Saturday, March 11.

Paradox Arc’s deckbuilding role-player, Across the Obelisk, will also receive its first expansion – The Wolf Wars – which adds new cards, a new mode, and other content on March 30.

You can find more information on each of the announcements on Paradox’s website and by watching the showcase itself below.

Unfortunately for fans of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, there was no new information for its long awaited sequel, which was announced back in 2019 but has marred in difficulties ever since.

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