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Sims competitor Life by You has been canceled

A screenshot from Life by You.
Image: Paradox Interactive

Life by You, Paradox Interactive’s in-development competitor to The Sims, has been canceled, the company announced on Monday.

The game, which was first revealed in 2023, sounded impressive: it was designed to allow for the entire town to be simulated in real-time and have no loading screens. However, based on a forum post by Paradox’s deputy CEO Mattias Lilja, the game had some issues that may not have been easily fixable even with additional time for development.

“A few weeks back, we decided to hold off on an Early Access release in order to re-evaluate Life by You, as we still felt that the game was lacking in some key areas,” Lilja says. “Though a time extension was an option, once we took that pause to get a wider view of the game,…

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