I was just browsing through YouTube and found this. It seems there are now THREE competitors up against The Sims franchise.
People of the Newbery - New Official Teaser
You are the main character of the city of Newbery. Create your own houses, neighborhoods, and family dynasties - then watch it all come to life!
Supported Platforms: PC, Mac, PS5 and Xbox Series X
I have never heard of this life sim game before until now. In the About section of the it says that the game is currently in development and will be sold in the Epic Game Store when it's ready (estimated 2021).I'm posting about this because it's being made in the Unreal Engine 4. If The Sims 5 is also made with the Unreal Engine 4, then I wonder how similar and different these two games will be to each other.
There are other videos featuring environment, male and female characters and a variety of animals. It doesn't say if it is open world, but might be because of the animals. Also it's only one town and players probably can't make other worlds. I think its main focus is building up this one town and then generation play. The art style is realistic with fine details and textures.
People of the Newbery - Character Creation Female
People of the Newbery - Character Creation Male
People of the Newbery - Character Creation Animals
People of the Newbery - Northern Lights
I don't have any concrete opinion on it yet because there isn't much info on it. So far it looks like a great place for a farming community, but it said that you can build neighborhoods, so I guess you can have an urban and suburban side to it. I do like that you can customize the characters in great detail. I'm going to keep watching this and see what kind of gameplay and AI it will eventually have. Those are the most important features to me.
Does anyone else have more info on this? Let me know!
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