Getting away from the humdrum of the everyday rush is why some people go on vacations to the beach and why others simply strap on a headset and get transported to another world. It may not be the same as feeling the sand between your toes, but then again you won’t be feeling that sand in every other conceivable place either.
Which is why meditative games like nDreams’ Perfect are so appealing. And also why people are excited to try games that offer a little more interactive action like Owlchemy Labs’ upcoming Vacation Simulator. Catch and Release, a newly announced game from developer Metricminds and publisher Advanced Interactive Gaming, takes a little from both these concepts to offer a relaxing experience on the waters with the option of engrossing gameplay for when you want it.
In Catch and Release you get to row your boat around the pristine waters of Whispering Water lake, which is set deep in majestic forests near the small village of Misty Falls in Northern USA. The game doesn’t force you to do anything but rather lets you choose your own path, whether it be exploring the small creeks and appreciating the overall beautiful setting while listening to the 30 songs available on the little boat radio. Or maybe you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous and you’re trying to catch a trophy fish or dive for treasure. In Catch and Release you get to choose how you spend your day.
Check out the trailer below:
Since this is, at its core, also a fishing game, Catch and Release will have a few detailed features for the avid angler out there. The game’s website says that there will be missions in the game as well, though no further information has been given on what they will entail. “If you want to take a break from chasing the catch of the century, just sit and relax. Listen to the radio, skip stones, have a drink. Outside of missions, there is no timer to stress you out,” the website says.
My guess is that these ‘missions’ will probably consist of catching certain types of fish or treasure – which along with various types of junk is a distinct possibility every time you reel in a catch. The game will also feature different lures and baits to choose from, which reinforces the idea that Catch and Release will encourage players to try and catch different types of fish. Should you want to. The fishing system will also be a little more complicated than simply reeling in a scaly swimmer. You’ll have to be careful not to snap the line as you try to tire out your prize enough to reel it safely in. Especially the bigger ones.
I’m not much into fishing myself, but this title has even me excited since it comes from the talented minds that worked on the motion capture and cutscene creation for titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Dying Light.
No release date has been announced for Catch and Release yet, but it’s currently in development for PSVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality. We’ll keep you updated as more information comes to light.