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Fishing never looked more badass than in this video game trailer

Only hardcore fishermen and -women need apply

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Fishing is generally considered a leisure pursuit, undertaken as a relaxing summertime activity (except on a certain Discovery Channel show). But this trailer for Fishing Planet, a simulation fishing game from indie studio Fishing Planet, makes it look like anything but that.

This two-minute look at Fishing Planet is cut like a trailer for a Michael Bay movie, with everything but the explosions. We’re treated to a man holding a fishing rod intently, ready to reel in the line at the slightest tug; pans across environments like an alpine lake amid snow-capped mountains and a swamp dotted with tall trees; and slow-motion shots of a bright green lure sinking underwater.

And of course, there’s a grinding hard-edged rock song that kicks in once he manages to hook a fish.

Fishing Planet debuted in August 2015 on Steam Early Access, where it is available as a free-to-play title for Linux/SteamOS, Mac and Windows PC. This trailer confirms a release date of Aug. 29 on PlayStation 4; that version will also be free-to-play. Fishing Planet will support the PS4 Pro (note that the trailer is available in 4K resolution). Fishing Planet bills its game as a first-person fishing simulator, with a dozen fishing playgrounds based on real-life locations along with more than 70 species of fish and a “complex fish AI system.” Fishing Planet also offers online multiplayer fishing, including tournaments and competitive gaming.

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