In a post on the official Paradox Forums, Deputy CEO Mattias Lilja has given an unfortunate update to upcoming life sim Life By You. The most recent early access release date was June 4. But the game has been delayed once again, this time without any kind of release window.

Here’s the full statement from Lilja:

After much consideration, we regret to announce that we have decided to retract Life by You’s Early Access release date, previously set for June 4th. This was not an easy decision, especially since we understand the anticipation and excitement that many players have for the game. However, we believe that additional development time is needed.

While we would have preferred to commit to a new release window, we believe it is more prudent to hold off while we plan ahead, rather than committing to a new date that we cannot be certain to meet.

We will provide more information as soon as possible, until then we want to sincerely thank you for your continued support and patience.

It should be noted that the June 4 release date was Life By You’s third delay. It was initially announced last year, with its first release date set for September 2023.

Given its repeated delays, it makes sense for Paradox to stop guessing at a release date. On the other hand, it doesn’t look pretty, and paints the development in a troubled light.

Life By You is clearly inspired by The Sims with a laundry list of ambitious features: open world, real-time day-night cycle, full modding support, real languages, third-person controls (including driving), and more.

The Early Access page on Steam is still up, and still mentions at least a year in Early Access once available.

In related news, former XCOM and Midnight Suns lead Jake Solomon is putting together an indie studio to make his own life sim.

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