The Architect: Paris asks you to redesign the City of Lights

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If you're bored of plonking down ready-made buildings in your favourite city-building sim then you might enjoy The Architect: Paris. In this game you design and manage individual buildings and seed them into custom districts in an effort to create the perfect Paris.

It's going to be tough, by the sounds of it. You have to contend with climate change, energy crises, social upheaval and population surges to keep the city humming along. The trailer shows ambitious scope. The game transitions from modern architecture to a futuristic city buzzing with jets.

“The Architect: Paris is an out of the box, innovative game that aims to shake the foundations of the genre," says Enodo Games president Jean-Baptiste Reynes in a statement from the publisher, Focus. 

It's a lovely trailer, and it will be interesting to see how the game models the social problems described in the video. No word on a release date yet, but keep an eye on the official site (opens in new tab) for more.

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.