Paradox Announces Cities Skylines 2 And Sims Competitor Life By You

Paradox is taking on the giant EA with new simulation games heading our way soon!

During the Paradox announcement show we got a ton of new announcements including 3 new games, and a bunch of new expansions.

The first major announcement came in the form of Cities Skylines 2. The game promises to expand on everything the first hit title did and dive deeper into customization. New features include an in-depth look at traffic flow and economics, and more fine tuning behind the development of cities. They also mention there will be several new customization features, and promise to explore the mod world even further. The game will be exclusive to PS5 / Xbox Series X | S / and PC, so last gen console users will need an upgrade.

You can check out our review of the remastered game here.

A second announcement, and the announcement that has me totally hype is a new game to take on The Sims, Life By You. 

The game is looking to be fully revealed on March 20th via the official Youtube channel. For now we got a quick teaser which seems to show the core game will follow in line of Cities with in-depth customization, oh and it looks like Pets are included!

The game is being developed by Paradox Tectonic which is led by Rod Humble. For those that don’t know, Rod is best known for leading Sims 2 DLC, along with being one of the original leads for Sims 3 before leaving Maxis to work with Will Wright (creator of Sims) at Second Life. The game has been in development for several years now, and with Sims 3 being arguably better than Sims 4, call me hyped!

The last game announced during the showcase was The Lamplighters.

The game is developed by Harebrained Schemes and is a turn based strategy title with decisions impacting the world around you. According to the description all your decisions morph the world in both good and bad ways. The game is releasing exclusively on PC and Xbox Series X | S.

Along with the three new reveals a bunch of expansions and added smaller games were also shown. Read about them all below, then come back and get excited for Life By You on March 20th!

Crusader Kings III: Tours & Tournaments PC Expansion Reveal
  • Tours and Tournaments is the latest expansion for Crusader Kings III, Paradox’s award-winning strategy role-playing extravaganza. Enjoy grand activities and explore new character options and interactions.
  • Tour your monarch’s realm to check in on vassals, host or fight in grand tournaments to demonstrate skill at arms, and plan grand royal weddings to impress friends and rivals.
Europa Universalis IV: Domination Expansion Reveal
  • In Europa Universalis IV: Domination, the most popular nations get a complete makeover with new historical color. New mission trees for the great powers (the Ottoman Empire, Ming China, France, Russia, and more) change the types of alternate histories available.
  • Many nations get new military units, political Estates to manage, and dozens of historical events that make the history of the early modern world come vividly to life.
Surviving the Aftermath: Rebirth Expansion Reveal
  • Surviving the Aftermath: Rebirth is the latest expansion for Iceflake Studios’ survival colony builder. With the introduction of terraforming, Rebirth grants players the power to modify and revitalize the environment for their colonists.
  • Use your knowledge, tools, and specialized buildings to find a cure for an infectious, ecological threat called Blight, and protect the world for a brighter future.
Two More Paradox Arc Titles + An Expansion Coming Soon
  • Knights of Pen & Paper 3 is a sequel to Paradox’s pop-culture infused turn-based RPG series, full of expanded character creation options, new mechanics and systems, and enhanced graphics.
  • Mechabellum is a sci-fi auto-battler game where players compete with ever-growing armies of mechs, robots, and heavy weapons. Equipping a diverse array of mechs, countering opponents with the right combinations, and deploying special moves at just the right time are all key to claiming victory in these massive battles.
  • Across the Obelisk: The Wolf Wars is the first expansion to the deckbuilding RPG released last year, featuring a new zone, character, and more.
Stellaris: Overlord and Stellaris: First Contact Release Date Reveals
  • Stellaris: Overlord launches on consoles on March 8. Centered around empire management features, Overlord adds a series of new mechanics to Stellaris which grant players unprecedented levels of control over their galactic domains, from powerful new megastructures to deeper interactions with vassal systems.
  • Stellaris: First Contact launches on PC on March 14. Players can experience events and mechanics for meeting pre-FTL civilizations, discover new origins, and utilize cloaking technology for the first time.
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