I've been more than a little into fishing games lately. This newfound fishing obsession signifies a real tectonic shift in my gaming interests, but hey, you go where the world leads you, I guess. It's only been a day or two since I've openly acknowledged my sudden unstoppable urge to pull digital fish out of water, and here in my mailbox this morning I find the press release for Dredge. It can't be a coincidence. There must be something deeper at work here. Mysteries of the deep indeed.
Dredge, which is being developed by New Zealand-based developer Black Salt Games and published by Team17, is listed as a single-player fishing adventure with "a sinister undercurrent". The game will put the player on a boat, and ask them to scour a bunch of little islands and the surrounding waters for fish and treasure. Players can then sell their goods to locals, allowing them to upgrade their crafts and in turn venture further into the mysterious waters.
Of course, the PR release doesn't come right out and say it, but hints strongly that there is something else lurking in the waters. Expect some sort of unnatural developments, but so far the developers are being mum on just what those might be. Take a look at this announcement trailer for clues:
It seems that my desire to fish in games is indeed going to lead me in some strange directions. We'll all find out what's going on in Dredge when it releases on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox consoles in 2023. In the meantime, you can wishlist the game on Steam now, like it on Facebook, follow on Twitter and join the community on Discord.