Frequently Asked Questions

About Life by You

What is Life by You?

Life by You is a brand new life-simulation game brought to you by Paradox Tectonic. It is designed to be one of the most moddable and open life-simulation games, where you are in total control of the humans that you create, the towns that you build, the stories that you tell.

When will Early Access be available?

Early Access will be available starting March 5, 2024 on the Epic Game Store and the Steam store front.

Where can I pre-order Life by You?

Pre-orders are available NOW on the Epic Game Store.

Where will Early Access be available?

Early Access will be available wherever Epic Game Store games are sold.

How much is Life by You?

Pre-order are available for a special introductory price of 39.99 USD / 39.99 EUR / 34.99 GBP. Prices will change after the Early Access program ends.

Is Life by You an open world game?

Yes! Life by You is aiming to allow you to live life with no loading screens, control anyone anytime, and create your own world.

Is the game moddable?

Yes! Life by You is aiming to be one of the most moddable and open life-sims. We can’t wait to see what you create!

What kind of Creator Tools will be available in Life by You?

There will be a variety of tools, including the Conversation Editor and Object Editor Tool. Learn more about these on our YouTube here, and stay tuned for more Creator Tools breakdowns.

Will Life by You be compatible on Steam Deck?

Life by You has not been optimized or tested for the steam deck. 

What other platforms will Life by You be on at launch?

At launch, Life by You will be available on PC for Epic and Steam. We may add additional platforms in the future.

What languages will Life by You be available in?

Life by You hopes to support English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese at the start of Early Access.

Will Life by You support multiplayer?

Life by You is currently a single-player experience.

About Early Access

Why did you push your Early Access date?

We made this choice with many factors in mind. First and foremost, we take your feedback very seriously! We’ve seen the feedback you’ve provided on various aspects of the game, including visual improvements, content requests, and more, and hope to be able to implement some of it during this time. Additionally, seeing the community’s support, telling us to take our time for a high quality game, has really bolstered our decision to take this extra time to develop. 

We are working on a few main things during this extra time:

  • Visual Improvements

  • Gameplay Tuning

  • UI Style Overhaul

  • Mod Tools

  • Bug Fixing

Above all else, we want you to enjoy Life by You! We know that taking this extra time to resolve bugs, streamline and add usability features, and improve based on your feedback will give you all a much better Early Access experience come March 5.

Does the new release date impact my pre-order?

If you’ve already pre-ordered, you will automatically be refunded through Epic. If you’d still like the pre-order bonuses, you will need to pre-order ahead of our Early Access date of March 5, 2024.

What is Early Access?

Early Access is a pre-launch period where players will be able to play Life by You while it’s still in development. We will be adding content, fixing bugs, and eagerly reading your feedback during this time. 

Note: An Early Access game is not complete and may change over time. You may experience bugs and issues between update versions, some of which may affect your saved data. If you’re not looking to play an in-development game, then we recommend waiting until we are further in development.

Why is Life by You doing Early Access?

To put it simply: because we want to build this game together, with you. We aim to be transparent, listen to and incorporate feedback from the community, and  prioritize what you want to see most during our Early Access period.

Life is a huge topic, and life simulation is only limited by your imagination, so we know that there’s a lot we can add with your input. This is a huge game, we can't wait to keep working on it with you!

What is included during Early Access?

A playable build of Life by You that will not have all the content & features that we will have at full-launch, frequent patches to the game, and an invite to our private Life by You Discord server - providing a space for you to directly engage with our dev team and to directly give us your feedback.

How long do you estimate you will be in Early Access?

We anticipate that the game will be in Early Access for at least 12 months. This time is subject to change as we continue to work on development and receive feedback from you, our Early Access players.

What is the current state of the game?

Currently, Life by You is building out a robust gameplay system, including customization options, Creator Tools, character interactions, and quests. Early Access won’t have all of the content we hope to have at launch, and there’s still a lot we hope to accomplish while we’re in Early Access, but the game is in a very exciting stage for Early Access players!

What is the team prioritizing during Early Access?

As an Early Access game, we look forward to working directly with you, our players, to determine the ideas and content that will drive the priorities in our game development and bring Life by You to full-launch. We hope to have regular surveys to receive feedback from you all and build our roadmap around what you would like to see. 

That being said, we do have a wishlist of features that we’re working on! Children are not currently fully implemented in game so we see improvements here, including further developing children and adding more content for them as Early Access progresses.

What is the price for Early Access? 

Early Access is available for a special introductory price of 39.99USD / 39.99 EUR / 34.99 GBP. If you pre-order on EPIC now, it will include our limited-time Life Begins Pack.

Will the price change when the game leaves Early Access?

Prices will go up after the game officially launches. 

If I buy Early Access, will I have to purchase the game again when it launches?

Nope! If you purchase the game during Early Access, you will receive the full version of the game when it launches.

How can I provide feedback and bug reports?

We are very excited to be able to communicate with you all directly through our private Early Access Server! Please be sure to read the rules and guidelines for the Discord, after which we hope to hear all of your feedback and compile any issues you run into during Early Access. 

How often will you be updating during Early Access?

You will be able to expect regular updates as the entire team works to add more content, fix issues, and evolve the game. The exact frequency will depend on our development speed and your very own feedback. We will communicate updates through our Early Access Discord and our social channels!

What should I expect when the game leaves Early Access?

Once the game leaves Early Access, you can continue to expect consistent updates and improvements to the game. We will continue to introduce modder friendly tools and features, and develop with our community in mind!

Will our progress carry over into the launch of the game?

We will be making substantial changes during our Early Access period. Saves may be impacted while we work on changing features, applying fixes, and generally improving Life by You. Rest assured that we will communicate anything that might impact your saved data.

Will there be modding support in Early Access?

You will be able to access all of the Creator Tools during Early Access. You can share and access mods on our site here.

How many worlds will be available in Early Access?

We will have at least 1 world available during Early Access. It will be fully buildable and moddable.

What are the system requirements for Early Access?

Minimum Specs

  • OS: Windows 10

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8600 / AMD Ryzen 5 2600

  • Memory: 16 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB / AMD Radeon R9 380 4GB

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Storage: 25 GB available space

  • Optimized for 30 FPS

What are the recommended specs?

Recommended Specs

  • OS: Windows 10/11

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-10400F / AMD Ryzen 5 3600

  • Memory: 16 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB/AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Storage: 25 GB available space

  • Optimized for 30 FPS