The “Fishing Planet” simulation video game has been hailed as one of the top fishing games on the market today, especially after making its jump to PlayStation 4 (free to play, no less!) in August.
However, an update that took place early Tuesday morning adds even more content to the already successful game, including kayak rentals, new fish species and topwater and night fishing.
The developers had previewed the kayak system in a previous forum on their website, and had been pointing toward a night fishing feature being added around Halloween with its Gar-O-Ween event.
The kayaks will be available to rent on five of the game’s fictional lakes: Lake Saint Croix (Mich.), Emerald (N.Y.), Falcon (Ore.), White Moose Lakes (Alberta, Canada) and San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) There also will be new entry points to several lakes.
The new species that were added to the game were sauger in Emerald Lake, clear muskie on St. Croix and lake whitefish on White Moose Lakes. Emerald Lake also is home to a walleye population, so it will be interesting to see whether the developers eventually introduce the hybrid saugeye species to the area, as well.
Along with topwater fishing gear, the retrieval system has been upgraded to allow for better control for the topwater retrieval mechanic. Among the new gear will be walkers, poppers and frogs.
The new nightfishing system will come with new gear, as well, including holographic lures, lighted bobbers, glowing poles and even a head lamp to see what you’re doing in the darkness. This unique hat can be earned by completing the “Night Shift” challenge. This is perhaps the most detail that’s ever gone into a night fishing system in a video game, and fish activity charts will be updated to take into account the later hours. Developers say whatever fish are on the stringer at 5 a.m. will automatically be sold, and night fishing will only be an option for those using the advanced in-game license for that area.
There also will be eight new tournaments for night fishing and topwater-only fishing. Line and lure physics have been updated and an new animation for the underwater lure indicator has been added. For more on the updates, read Fishing Planet’s forum here.