Last Day of Work, the makers of fantastic casual sim games including the Virtual Villagers series, Plant Tycoon and Fish Tycoon, have revealed a brand new franchise for PC and Mac called Virtual Families. Virtual Families simulates a small family and lets the player care for and nurture it.

Built on the Virtual Villagers framework, the game will feature a gorgeous hand-drawn scrolling map with a house and garden, sophisticated artificial-intelligence, and a charming and varied selection of families to customize and take care of. As will all of Last Day of Work’s games, Virtual Families will run in true real-time, both when the game is running as well as when it is not.

“Our past successes have finally allowed us to really cut loose and make the game we always wanted to make.” said Arthur Humphrey, founder of Last Day of Work. “This game is not a trivial game, and it is not about micromanaging. It is about life, in all of its drama and glory.”

Virtual Families has been in development since mid 2008 and will be available for download in the first quarter of 2009 with an estimated price of $19.95. Visit VirtualFamilies.com for more information, and click here to talk about Virtual Families in our forum.