When do games just become work? It's a question in my mind as I look over and try out DevLife, a new Early Access sim from Roman Studio and Mesote Games.
I'm being a bit playful of course as we have such a huge variety of games from all sorts of weird and wonderful genres, and business sims have been done many times before. DevLife is trying to offer a fresh take, not limiting you to being a game developer like other similar games have done. Instead, you pick your computing industry across many different fields.
"DevLife will allow you to take on the shoes of a beginner programmer who is starting an adventure in the IT industry just before hitting 18. You will be challenged not only by incoming contracts and fierce clients, but also elapsing time - your character will get older and it is up to you how your career and life will go."
- Creating your own character and guiding him or her through a career in the IT industry
- Two extensive skill trees - learn how to create websites and mobile applications. Decide what direction you want to take in your career!
- Finding and fulfilling commissions for external clients and improving your skills through learning
- Starting your own company, creating your own projects, hiring employees and taking care of their well-being and growth
- Two locations - work from home or in an office in the city centre
- Build Mode - buy new furniture, decorations or RTV equipment and take care of the comfort and high performance of your employees
Being able to live out your developer dreams? Why not. They have a lot of plans to expand the game during Early Access including a focus on role-play with the introduction of a character trait system coming, more customisation, special interactive events, more locations, more furniture and a whole lot more yet to come. They're estimating Early Access to last for around a year as the add more depth to the gameplay.
Find it in Early Access now on Steam.