Fishing Planet, the premier fishing sim, is headed to Playstation 4. It’s been on PC for a couple of years, lurking the depths of Steam early access, but now it’s swimming upstream to lay its eggs on PS4. The devs have published a new trailer for it, and it can stand toe to toe with any ridiculous Call of Duty video.
The Steam version is free to play, so I decided to give it a go. My only experience with fishing was reading The Old Man and The Sea, so I’m as much a noob as you can be. From what I’ve gathered, the free version is pretty restricting, but it’s more than enough to give you a taste. The starting lake is unlocked right off the bat, and you get a rod with some spare lines and hooks, as well as a bunch of bread. I mostly spent my time chasing other fishermen around the pond, proudly shoving the bluegill I’ve just caught into their faces. I had to pay a fine, because it’s not bluegill season or something. Did you notice how I stealthily mentioned other fishermen? The game lets you share your space with other players, but I couldn’t find a way to interact with them. My skillful attempts at small talk were ignored every time.
The game boasts over 70 species of fish, each with their own bait preference and complex AI, but the starting ones weren’t too picky. Or smart. Bread worked most of the time, and they were no match for my superior angling skills. If you end up liking it, you can spend about $350 to unlock everything.
The Playstation 4 version is going to be released on August 29th. There’s no mention of whether it’s going to be free to play with microtransactions, like on PC, or a buy once, get everything type of deal.