If the pandemic has been good for something, it’s sparking utterly inexplicable obsessions and hobbies that solely final a couple of weeks earlier than I transfer on to the subsequent shiny factor. For some time, one in all my obsessions was discovering a very good fishing recreation.

Now, I’ve been crabbing earlier than with my household. I do know that precise fishing is not the quiet, meditative expertise that video video games condense into snappy minigames. Real fishing will be boring as hell, and when you get some motion, it may be gross and smelly. Plus there’s the entire killing a residing creature as a pastime factor. Obviously some folks simply throw fish again, however coping with messy facets like pulling a hook out of a wriggling fish’s mouth isn’t precisely my concept of nice.

But take into consideration what fishing is as an concept. Doesn’t it sound stress-free and doubtlessly meditative? Why isn’t there a recreation that faucets into that feeling whereas stripping away the unglamorous facets of fishing? Sure, there’s an extended record of RPGs that tuck fishing away as an possibility in a bigger expertise, however I used to be struck by the incontrovertible fact that I couldn’t identify a single recreation that handed a vibe examine whereas additionally making fishing into the total focus.

At the time, I did some cursory analysis and located some choices, however they weren’t precisely what I used to be trying for. There have been hyper-realistic video games, which sucked the romanticism out of the concept of fishing, together with some very previous video games that have been solely playable on machines I don’t personal. I used to be satisfied there should be extra folks like me on the market, who don’t have any want to get seasick IRL however would purchase a healthful fishing recreation in a heartbeat.

All of this to say I’m psyched to see the announcement of Moonglow Bay, an upcoming role-playing recreation starring a rookie angler. Fishing isn’t only a neat distraction right here — it’s the total premise of the voxel recreation, according to the game’s description on Steam:

With your journal and rod in hand, discover the furthest reaches of the ocean, from frigid glaciers to boiling geysers, and be taught to solid nets, set traps and fish by ice, documenting over 100 various aquatic species whereas uncovering the secrets and techniques of Moonglow Bay.

It’s like developer Bunnyhug heard my prayers. While there’s an overarching story that alludes to some uncommon, mystical creatures you’ll be able to catch, the general vibe of the recreation appears a lot chiller than that. You’ll be involved with issues like cooking your catch of the day, upgrading your boat, and nourishing relationships with the townsfolk. Plus, there’s co-op.

There’s no set launch date, however it’s coming to Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X (through Xbox Game Pass) someday in 2021. Judging by the success of franchises like Story of Seasons or Stardew Valley, and the wider obsession with cottagecore over the final 12 months, there’s clearly a market for extra varieties of slice-of-life video games like this.