Swedish developer Resolution Games has launched Bait! on Oculus VR Store for Samsung Gear VR. Not only is Bait! the first VR fishing title available – the studio also promises that the game is more than a simple fishing simulator, featuring a diverse, story-driven experience with visually rich environments – and plenty of fish to collect throughout.
“Fishing was something that the whole team had an interest in and something we felt everyone around the world could relate to at some degree. Also, fishing is something that naturally puts you at ease and is relaxing. This is the aim of what we want to achieve in the games we make,” Resolution Games CEO and co-founder Tommy Palm tells Nordic Game. “Plus, with fishing you’re typically stationary. That works perfectly for VR in its current state.”
“The main challenge involved with developing Bait! has been that everything is so new, there really is no “right” way or best practice for a lot of elements like user interface and interaction,” adds Palm. “We’re very much excited to be at the forefront of creating content for VR and helping discover and set those best practices for future content creators.”
Bait! launched for Samsung Gear VR because the platform is “live” and according to Palm, provides a very impressive, immersive experience. Developed with Unity technology, the studio will also be able to release the game cross-platform if they chose to in the future.
Check out the teaser trailer:
Bait! is free to download (via a Samsung Gear VR headset or the Oculus mobile app) and is not only the first VR fishing title, but it is also the first VR game with in-app purchases.
“Since in VR, at this point at least, it is quite hard to get a feel for a game just from screenshots and 2D videos, we think that the freemium model is really helpful to players,” explains Palm. “They can download and play the game for free, and if they want to invest a bit more in their experience there are in-app purchases available. Bait! can of course be completed without making any purchases at all.”
About Resolution Games
Resolution Games is a virtual reality (VR) games studio based in Stockholm, Sweden. The studio focuses on creating accessible, fun games that everyone can enjoy – pushing the limits of the emerging VR games space – and is composed of highly respected game industry veterans and serial entrepreneurs with proven track records of widely acclaimed success spanning across mass market and AAA games, free-to-play games, hardware and more.