Avalanche''s technical expertise in creating open worlds, gained by making the Just Cause series, and then used it instead to create an open world hunting sim. Well, now Call Of The Wild: The Angler is planning to do it again, with an open world fishing game in which you walk or drive in search of the right location to cast your line.
Here''s how to get the unveiling trailer.
The Angler''s world can be explored by foot, off-road vehicle, or - of course - boat. Your objective is to find the best fishing spots between lakes, rivers, hidden ponds, and springs, before to catch different types and sizes of fish. Different species of fish will require a different technique to reel them in.
There is nothing I''m doing wrong in the loosest sense, here. The Hunter was a pleasure to see, as it was a stunning landscape, engaging to explore, and inspiring even if I chose to ignore the ability to puncture the lungs of baby deer. It sounds like The Angler is aiming for a similar experience, including supporting a co-op so you can pootle around on boats.
Some of the reasons why The Hunter remained controversial was that even if you didn''t intend to kill anything, you might still explore the wild landscape by searching for tracks and sneaking up on animals by remaining downwind. I wonder if the open world will feel less interesting when it''s just terrain you traverse to reach the next body of water.
The return of the name "Call Of The Wild" has also included this in ongoing series territory, and suggests it will become the Total War of dad sports. I propose that the next game be called Call Of The Wild: The Bird Watcher. I want to climb trees and peep some hawks.
Call of The Wild: The Angler has not had a release date yet, but it is now available on Steam.