July 07, 2016
By Jim Root
Fishing at home on computer or game consoles has never really been able to mimic the experience that we get from actually being on the water. Until now. Fishing Planet is the most incredible fishing experience ever delivered to your living room.
From the artificial intelligence of the fish, to the virtual reality glasses, this is the game that anglers have been waiting for. Fishing Planet is a one of a kind, genuinely lifelike online first-person multiplayer fishing simulator developed by people who LOVE to fish, and who were tired of not having a game that would live up to the expectations of that avid fishing enthusiast passion! Choose your gear, hone your skills, and catalog your trophy fish, all in the most lifelike fishing experience ever created in a video game.
Everything started with a small 5-man team distributed between New York and Kyiv (Ukraine) and understanding that aside from a rare few gems, there were no decent fishing games created over the whole 30-year history of game development, and none of them offered multiplayer tournaments to allow people to compete against friends or other users from all over the world.
So how and why is it that the 65 million people who fish annually in the US has been ignored by the game industry? These were the very questions that drove the passion to start creating quality entertainments products for anglers around the world. Developers spent the last three years on Research and Development of fishing in North America, Pre-production, and planning to create a new team with top-tier 3d artists, programmers, game designers and angler consultants.
When all was said and done by late 2013 an intense development process started that took nearly 1.5 years to release a beta version on the Steam platform in Early Access through Greenlight. Greenlight is a procedure for new games that come to Steam where they present their idea, showcase the concept, and ask to be voted for submission in the store.
Typically this voting campaign lasts for one month, but the demo was good and the public desire for a fishing simulation game is so incredibly high that Fishing Planet passed through Greenlight in just 5 days!
Less than a month later Fishing Planet was released to the public as a Free-to-play online fishing simulation game in Early Access (Open beta) mode. Fishing Planet was so well received by the gaming audience of Steam that it has been charting in the Top 50 Games among millions of games from some of the biggest gaming corporations in the world. A year after this release and Fishing Planet boasts 1.5 million players!
So what's next? Right now Fishing Planet is getting ready to launch a HUGE multiplayer gameplay implementation (online fishing tournaments), and the highly anticipated release of Virtual Reality support and porting to consoles — PS4 and XBOX to reach each and every home in the US. Fishing Planet wants to create a whole new eSPORTS landscape of virtual fishing tournaments with real prizes, a PRO-League!
- Over 54 species of fish, each with its own unique behavior and Artificial Intelligence, each fish will even bite the way they should!
- 10 scenic waterways with multiple locations, various climatic conditions, bottom terrains and vegetation.
- Thousands of tackle combinations with unique physical and behavioral properties to make the lures act like they should, and even break like should!
- Superb dynamic water graphics with ripples and surface that changes depending on wind, current and depth.
- Weather — day/night alternation, change of seasons, different weather conditions (rain, fog, bright sunshine)
- Multiplayer capacity — online tournaments with personal and team scores, system of achievements, leader boards and top-player lists.