- Paralives, an upcoming life simulation game, will enter Steam Early Access in 2025 and is expected to provide an enjoyable experience despite potential bugs and missing features.
- The developer aims to gather important feedback from early access players to improve the game.
- A development update revealed new elements like Personalities, Relationship Labels, and Together Cards, which were revealed in a gameplay overview video that has excited backers.
Paralives, the upcoming life simulation game inspired by Maxis’ legendary The Sims franchise, has just received several important development updates. To the delight of backers, the team working on the crowdfunded title has also dropped some new gameplay footage.
First announced in 2019, Paralives is an upcoming Unity engine-based life simulator that promises to give players the ability to build homes, create characters, and manage lives in an open-world town. The Patreon-funded title was initially the solo project of indie game developer Alex Masse, but a small team of around a dozen people — the aptly named Paralives Studio — has since been formed to work on the game. While Paralives is still seemingly far from being finished, Masse has revealed some major developments regarding the game.
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In a recent Patreon post, Masse announced that Paralives will enter Steam Early Access in 2025. While the developer said that this version of the game is expected to have bugs and missing features, he also claimed that the build would still provide an enjoyable experience. Paralives aims to offer a fresh take on games like The Sims, and the developer will gather important feedback from early access players. “The goal is to get player feedback so that we can improve the experience along with the community,” Masse said.
There are many well-liked and critically acclaimed games that began as early access titles and later received a full 1.0 launch. Among them are Darkest Dungeon, Kenshi, Prison Architect, Rimworld, Subnautica, and Vampire Survivors. Larian Studios’ hit fantasy RPG Baldur’s Gate 3, which was crowned Game of The Year at The Game Awards 2023, remained an early access title for several years before fully releasing in August.
When Will Paralives Launch on Steam Early Access?
Aside from announcing Paralives‘ early access release, Masse shared new game elements that were previously only revealed to backers, such as Personalities, Relationship Labels, and Together Cards. These mechanics were featured in a new gameplay overview video that dropped alongside the recent Patreon announcements. Backers reacted positively to the video, with some saying they were excited to try out the game. Project Rene, the next installment of The Sims that is sometimes referred to as The Sims 5, still has no release date, so Paralives could be a great alternative for The Sims fans who are waiting for a new entry from the series.
While the exact date of Paralives‘ early access launch was not specified, Masse assured fans that this would be confirmed and announced as the build nears release. Should it experience no delays, Paralives‘ early access version would join the likes of Monster Hunter Wilds and Grand Theft Auto 6 with its 2025 launch.