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Fishing Terms Explained
This article will explain some of the terms and concepts used in Fishing Sim World. We will continue adding to it in future, just let us know what you would like us to explain. What is a bite alarm? Alarms are a form of bite indication. If a fish takes your bait and starts to swim away with it, the line the will start to move. Any movement or vibration of the line is recognised by sensors making the alarm sound which tells you you have a bite. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/7Tnla4xFRO0 What are bed types? The bed type is the surface that your bait is landing on at the bottom of the lake. There are three main bed types which are featured in game, these are gravel, silt and weed. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/ypjJR3xKxDM What is carp fishing? The carp is a freshwater species belonging to the cyprinidae family. Carp can be found in lakes and rivers across Europe and can grow to over 100lbs (45kgs). Carp are renowned for fighting hard. Popular baits to target them include boilies, pop-ups, sweetcorn and tiger nuts. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/ECSKna2BYy4 What is casting? There are two main styles of casting. The most common is casting overarm which is suitable for any distance over 20 yards. For close fishing, an underarm cast is used. The further you want to cast, then the more powerful rod you will need. The power of the rod is measured by its test curve. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/pkRjMPUGKOk What other equipment can I see in my swim? General Equipment in carp / coarse fishing can include an unhooking mat for the fish to be placed on whilst out of the water, to protect it from the ground and in match fishing, a keep net which sits in the water next to you where you put all of the fish in to get a total weight at the end. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/BJkJHoinW04 What are match fishing rules? A competitive form of coarse fishing which involves people drawing out a random peg (a place to fish), and then trying to catch as many fish as possible within the allotted time. Usually the winner will be the one with the greatest weight of fish caught. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/KEM79dbGE8Q What are multiple rods? To increase your chances of catching it is possible to fish with more than one rod if you are fishing from a static peg and not stalking. In the game you will be able to use up to three rods during your session. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/cyzEt8D2W4M What is netting a fish? Once you have hooked into a fish and brought it close to the bank you will need to net it. The best time to do this is when the fish is tired and has stopped fighting, often rolling onto its side. If you try to net a fish too early it will try to escape, so be patient. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/YKn4SOHNa4g What is a peg? A peg is a pre-defined area on the bank to fish from. There will be pegs spread out around the lake and whatever peg you are in, dictates what part of the lake you can fish. You must not cast into an area of water controlled by another peg that is occupied by an angler. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/nr-3zE8CB7U What is a rig? A rig is the length of line tied from your main line down to the hook. There are many different types of rigs designed to present your chosen bait in all different ways, whether it be on the bottom of the lakebed or all the way up to the surface, you can find the right one for any conditions. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/xxJSLU5mUZo What is spodding? Spodding is getting a lot of bait out into an area quickly and accurately to keep fish feeding. A spod is a rocket type tube that you fill with bait and when cast out, will deposit all of the bait out of the open end. A spod rod will not catch a fish as you do not cast out a bait and hook. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/LM9ncYqp4j4 What is stalking? Stalking is one of the most exciting ways of fishing. It involves finding fish close to the margin of the lake and trying to catch them with an underarm cast. You need to be quiet and stealthy so as not to spook them. Stalking often takes place in quiet areas of the lake away from traditional pegs. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/u_w6VGC9jbI What is time of day and weather? Time of day and weather conditions have a massive impact on fish behaviour. Hot and sunny conditions will see fish move to the upper layers of the water but cold and dark conditions tend to push the fish to the bottom of the lake. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/xto0upPACC8 What is watercraft? Watercraft is an anglers ability to work out the location of the fish. A fish may give away its location by splashing, swimming just below the surface or sending bubbles up to the surface through feeding. Other things to consider are weather conditions, wind direction and the time of day. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/1er_hJXq7Gc What are baits? The bait is what you attach to your hook to entice and catch the fish. Bait possibilities are endless but popular baits include boilies, pellets, sweetcorn and bread. Watch a video tutorial at youtu.be/ZLbgzrWnFM0 If there are any technical issues we can help you with, contact us at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com
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Festive Update Out Now
Our festive update for Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour is now available. With this update we have introduced turn resistance that allows the player to influence the direction that the fish is swimming leading to reduced fish fight times. When completing the Dovetail Live Mastery challenges you will now be able to keep track of your progress in game. Head into the Dovetail Live menu and you get the option to look at your Mastery Challenges or check out the latest news. In your Customise menu you can now filter your items when creating a tackle box to make finding specific items easier. Alongside this update we have our Festive Mastery [https://live.dovetailgames.com/live/fishing-sim-world/profile/mastery] challenges in which you can unlock a set of reindeer antlers with a glowing nose. Anyone that missed out on last year’s Christmas clothing will also receive the Santa hat and t-shirt. There is also a new community challenge [https://live.dovetailgames.com/live/fishing-sim-world/profile/overview] in which the community can unlock wintery themed beanie hats. Catch a fish while logged in to Dovetail Live while the challenge is running and once it is completed you will be eligible to unlock the rewards. Full patch notes: * Introduced turn resistance to fish behaviour to be able to influence the fish swimming direction * Added Mastery to Dovetail Live menu in the main menu * Filtering added for items in tackle boxes * Fixed Talon Fishery trophy fish textures in Angler’s Log * Mekong catfish catch shot now presented in the water * Fixed an issue where sounds can start looping * Made adjustments to the depth black crappie, white crappie and bluegill swim at * Added scrolling of Dovetail Live articles with D-Pad and Keyboard * Updated rules for final Lake Miller offline tournament to correctly count bass * Made more items available for use with spod rod * Fixed water jittering on Lake Miller * (PC) Advanced screen settings added in settings menu * Minor bug fixes and improvements
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What is Talon Fishery
Talon Fishery is the epitome of an English pleasure fishing complex which gives you four separate lakes in one venue. Each lake has its own stock of fish and species and are perfect for honing your match and float fishing skills. The 25 trophy fish included are spread across the 4 lakes so you will need to try fishing on all of them to complete the set. The Owl, Hawk, Falcon and Eagle lakes are well established and contain specimen sized fish including catfish, bream, tench, roach and rudd. Carp to just over 30lbs can be found in Eagle lake. You will need all your skill as well as finesse to cast accurately and then stop the fish from disappearing behind the islands, bridges and walkways that fill this complex. As well as four different lakes to explore, Talon Fishery also comes with three single player tournaments for you to master and three career mode events as well as five new achievements/trophies to unlock. Talon Fishery, which was developed for Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour by our friends over at Gameshastra, is available now as an individual lake for £6.50/$7.99/€7.99 or as part of the twin pack with Lough Kerr [https://live.dovetailgames.com/live/fishing-sim-world/articles/article/lough-kerr] for £9.99/$12.99/€12.99. Talon Fishery Xbox [https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/fishing-sim-world-pro-tour-talon-fishery/9n0k02c2nlcm?cid=msft_web_search&activetab=pivot:overviewtab] PlayStation Europe [https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP2866-CUSA12376_00-FISHINGFOURLAKES] PlayStation US [https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3004-CUSA12494_00-FISHINGFOURLAKES] Steam [https://store.steampowered.com/app/1136001] Dovetail Store [https://store.dovetailgames.com/ref/1136001] Twin Pack Xbox [https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/fishing-sim-world-pro-tour-lough-kerr-talon-fishery/9nkllz033wmv?cid=msft_web_search&activetab=pivot:overviewtab] PlayStation Europe [https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP2866-CUSA12376_00-GAMESHASTRAPACK1] PlayStation US [https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3004-CUSA12494_00-GAMESHASTRAPACK1] Steam [https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/12487]
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What is Lough Kerr
When talking about fishing in Ireland you are more than likely going to get into a discussion about fishing for bream. Lough Kerr highlights exactly why that is with bream that are bound to beat your PB and potentially set new national records at the same time. Set in the Irish countryside, this perfectly formed venue of 18 acres is steeped in history and feels like time has stood still with ancient stone walls and mature foliage whilst the superb water quality makes it perfect for big bream to grow on. The lough is visited by some of Europe's top anglers all in search of those record breaking bream such as ‘Banshee’ that has been caught at an incredible 21lbs. Although all the attention is on the bream fishing, this lake also holds carp to just under 25lbs and good sized tench, roach and rudd. There are also three single player tournaments for you to master and three career mode events, as well as five new achievements/trophies that come with this venue. Lough Kerr is one of our first lakes to be built by our friends over at Gameshastra and can be bought individually for £6.50/$7.99/€7.99 or as part of a twin pack with Talon Fishery [https://live.dovetailgames.com/live/fishing-sim-world/articles/article/talon-fishery] for £9.99/$12.99/€12.99. Lough Kerr Xbox [https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/fishing-sim-world-pro-tour-lough-kerr/9pjlf8rtp485?cid=msft_web_search&activetab=pivot:overviewtab] PS4 Europe [https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP2866-CUSA12376_00-FISHINGIRISHLAKE] PlayStation US [https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3004-CUSA12494_00-FISHINGIRISHLAKE] Steam [https://store.steampowered.com/app/1136002] Dovetail Store [https://store.dovetailgames.com/ref/1136002] Twin Pack Xbox [https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/fishing-sim-world-pro-tour-lough-kerr-talon-fishery/9nkllz033wmv?cid=msft_web_search&activetab=pivot:overviewtab] PS4 Europe [https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP2866-CUSA12376_00-GAMESHASTRAPACK1] PlayStation US [https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3004-CUSA12494_00-GAMESHASTRAPACK1] Steam [https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/12487]
a year ago
What is Laguna Iquitos
Welcome to the jungle! Laguna Iquitos, the latest add-on lake for Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour is available now. In the heart of Peru surrounded by the Amazonian rainforest lies Lagunas Iquitos. This remote lake is home to two new species of fish - the peacock bass and giant wolf fish. Alongside the two new species you will also find monster arapaima, redtail catfish and black pacu. Narrow channels, vegetation and shallows that a traditional boat couldn’t reach means that the ‘Haichou Explorer’ kayak that comes with this pack is vital for exploring the lake and tracking down some of the beastly trophy fish living within. The beautiful peacock bass fights harder than all other bass and can be found up to an incredible 23lbs. The terrifying looking wolf fish can grow up to 38lbs but with huge, razor sharp teeth, you will need strong gear. Catch Arapaima that grow up to a huge 450lbs, red tail catfish go to 120lbs and black pacu up to 70lbs. Laguna Iquitos also has 25 new trophy fish and 3 new career events for you to master. With 1,500 acres of lake to fish from the water or shoreline including narrow, twisting sections through to open expanses of water, you will need to utilise all of your skill, watercraft and equipment to discover everything this venue has to offer. Laguna Iquitos comes with its own set of Mastery challenges [https://live.dovetailgames.com/live/fishing-sim-world/profile/mastery] with clothing rewards suited towards the rainforest environment. Completing tier 1 of the challenges grants you a brand new design of hat with a bucket hat from our clothing partner, Wofte. Tier 2 awards a camo t-shirt and tier 3 gives you a pair of camo cargo pants and jeans. Xbox [https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/fishing-sim-world-pro-tour-laguna-iquitos/c04ht152vhr2?activetab=pivot:overviewtab] PlayStation 4 Europe is currently rolling out across Europe. Please allow up to 12 hours for it to start appearing. PlayStation 4 US [https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3004-CUSA12494_00-FSWDLCLAGIQUITOS] Steam [https://store.steampowered.com/app/1136000/Fishing_Sim_World_Pro_Tour__Laguna_Iquitos] Dovetail Store [https://store.dovetailgames.com/ref/1136000]
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October Angler of the Month
The October season of the Dovetail Fishing League is now over and we have our winners for Angler of the Month and the series winners. We hope you enjoyed this month's tournaments and the variety in targeted species in the different tournaments. The winners are as follows: Xbox One Angler of the Month: bobcin3 Series winners Big Bass Tour: PhillyBass 1965 Carp Championship: bobcin3 Match Series: MOHAMMED CURAY Predator Challenge: bobcin3 PlayStation 4 Angler of the Month: TokerKato Series winners Big Bass Tour: TokerKato Carp Championship: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Match Series: TokerKato Predator Challenge: Dark_Nicc_2019 PC Angler of the Month: facadedavid Series winners Big Bass Tour: UndeadFrog Carp Championship: cambridgecableguy Match Series: MoN Predator Challenge: UndeadFrog Congratulations to all of the winners! Week 1 for November is now underway with the events this week being as follows: * Big Bass Tour - Lake Seminole, morning, dynamic weather * Carp Championship - Bergsee, night, dynamic weather * Match Series - Gigantica, afternoon, light clouds * Predator Challenge - Lake Williams, sunset, dynamic weather We will be continuing with the variations of the rules for the tournaments this month so look out for a gar only event on Lake Dylan, Catfish only on Gillhams and trout and salmon only on Lake Miller. There is not long left to get the halloween clothing items. Log in to Dovetail Live and complete the challenges before 5th November to unlock the "wolf" howling at the moon t-shirt and the pumpkin hat. Complete any fishing session and you will be awarded with the AFTCO clothing items that were added in the Full Moon Update.
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Full Moon Update Out Now
The Full Moon Update for Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour is out now. With this update comes new equipment, new clothing and new sponsors for Career Mode as well as a load of game improvements. From newly announced partner AFTCO we are adding 5 pieces of clothing with 4 t-shirts and a hoodie. Career sponsor Free Spirit Fishing are having two of their rods added to the game, the 13ft ‘Hi S’ Carp Rod and 10ft Bank Cat S Rod. As you may have seen on our social media pages, there are 4 new sponsor companies in Career Mode. The US Angling Confederation, BassBoat4Sale.com, Great Clips and The CARP Bible have all joined the Pro Tour. Between now and the 5th November you can get into the spooky Halloween spirit with special seasonal items. Log in to Dovetail Live and complete the Halloween Mastery [https://live.dovetailgames.com/live/fishing-sim-world/profile/mastery] challenges to be rewarded with a t-shirt featuring a “wolf” howling at the moon and a pumpkin head hat. In addition to the Halloween Mastery challenge you can unlock the brand new AFTCO clothing through Dovetail Live. Go fishing on a lake and at the end of your session you will be rewarded with the 4 new t-shirts and a hoodie. The full change list can be found below: * Clothing from AFTCO added * Two rods from Free Spirit added – the 13ft ‘Hi S’ Carp Rod and 10ft Pro Catfish Rod * New sponsors added to career mode * Seasonal clothing items added * Support for challenges and rewards for remaining lakes to be added to mastery * Improvements to how events are sent to mastery server * Improvements to multiplayer camera jitter * Fixed an issue where changing an item in the tackle box reset all three rods * Fixed the completed status when completing tier 3 of mastery * Improvements to AI scoring in career mode tournaments * Adjusted fish fights for various species * Fixed issue where options in lake settings are reset when coming back to this screen * Made it so that the location details for a given offline tournament shows the lake name, rather than the event name * Fixed the Lake Jordan image in Lake selection * Tweaked fish jumping behaviour * Fixed thumbnails for various lures in tackle box * Fixed issue where rods would stand up on a peg * Fixed silhouettes of various species and trophy fish in angler’s log * Increased cooldown on being able to catch the same fish twice * Fixed Grand Union trophy Pike appearing as same model when caught * Various UI improvements * Minor bug fixes and improvements
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Upcoming Career Mode Sponsors
Our next update will see four new sponsors being added to the career mode in Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour across the bass, predator and career tours. In this article we will introduce you to those new sponsors. US Angling Confederation The US Angling Confederation, who we announced as a new partner recently, is a charitable non-profit organisation dedicated to Sport Fishing in America. They provide leadership for the U.S.A. national fishing teams as they compete worldwide as well as share their love of competitive angling by engaging America’s youth, support conservation actions and empower local community angling groups. The current USA Bass team is captained by our partner, Scott Martin and several more of the team are also available to compete against in game. Website [https://usangling.com/] Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/USAngling.org/] BassBoat4Sale.com BassBoat4Sale.com are a premier bass boat listings website featuring bass boats for sale from dealers, pro anglers and private sellers. You will be seeing them as a sponsor in the bass tour. Website [https://bassboat4sale.com/] Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/bassboat4sale] Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/bassboat4saledotcom] YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8h7TRsfWQL2N5mXk9GR8CA] Great Clips The world's largest salon brand, Great Clips have over 4,200 salons across North America. They are sponsors of in-game anglers Jay Garstecki and Ben Olsen and will soon be available to sponsor you in your career mode. Website [https://www.greatclips.com/] Facebook [http://www.facebook.com/greatclips] Twitter [http://www.twitter.com/greatclips] Instagram [http://www.instagram.com/greatclips] YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/user/greatclips] The CARP Bible In the carp tour in career mode we are adding TheCARPbible, a carp focused social media platform that brings you all the latest carp fishing news and catches from around the world. TheCARPbible was formed early 2017 by Gary Alder and has grown to become a very popular Carp fishing feed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/TheCARPbibleOfficial/] Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/TheCARPbible] Twitter [https://twitter.com/thecarpbible]
a year ago
DOVETAIL GAMES AND US ANGLING CONFEDERATION SIGN LICENSING DEAL
Dovetail Games, the multi award-winning simulation developer and publisher today can announce that it has signed a licensing agreement with the US Angling Confederation for Dovetail Games Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour. The US Angling Confederation is a charitable non-profit organisation dedicated to Sport Fishing in America. They provide leadership for the U.S.A. national fishing teams as they compete worldwide as well as share their love of competitive angling by engaging America’s youth, support conservation actions and empower local community angling groups. The current USA Bass team is captained by our partner, Scott Martin and several more of the team are also available to compete against in game. As part of the deal, players can expect to be offered sponsorship in Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour’s career mode with future plans to bring more Team USA anglers across all disciplines to the game in place as well as official team apparel. Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour will also be supporting future Team USA events starting with the 2019 Pan American Black Bass Championship in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada where the game will be available for people to play. Mark Greenway, Fishing Business Director for Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour said “We’re honoured to be working with and supporting the US Angling Confederation and are proud that they feel able to endorse the game. The work that the confederation undertakes is vital in promoting the sport and we look forward in working together to promote it even further. This is great news for our players as well as they can expect to see even more of the best anglers the US has to offer, begin to feature in our game. Sean Warner, President, Director of International Affairs at the US Angling Confederation said “We were blown away by the authenticity and level of detail found in Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour and are delighted to be able to call this the official fishing game of the US Angling Confederation. We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership and really pleased that the game will be able to raise awareness of the work that we do.” Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. For the latest news and developments, please visit our website [www.fishingsimworld.com] or follow along on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/DovetailFishing/], Twitter [https://twitter.com/DovetailFishing/] and Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/dovetailfishing/]. For further information about the US Angling Confederation please visit their website [https://usangling.com/], and Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/USAngling.org/].
a year ago
What is the Tackle Box Equipment Pack?
The Tackle Box Equipment Pack is our first equipment pack for Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour and is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC costing £4.99/$5.99/€5.99. This pack contains 50 items of equipment that are perfect for all the styles of fishing available in game and will help you combat any situation you may face! With a brand new boat, rods, reels, lures and clothing there really is everything to set up your perfect in-game tackle box. We have three tackle companies making their first appearances in Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour including a top of the range 625 bass boat from Blazer Boats and the Phenom + Ippon ranges of rods and reels from Enigma. For our carp anglers, we are adding the Propel rod from Trakker, the first time we are featuring their rods in game. In addition to this we have new equipment from existing partners. From YUM we have a selection of the Vibra King Tube and Christie Critter ranges in different colour patterns. The Booyah Buzz and Double Willow Blade are featured from Booyah Baits as well as the Ned Bomb from Missile Baits. Represent your favourite brands with stylish Fitzgerald, 13 Fishing, Booyah Baits and Yum boat wraps for the Blazer 625. We have a selection of Baitshack spinner lures also being introduced that will be great for catching trout and salmon! It's not all bass focused with some of our European partners having new equipment added. You will be able to use a new range of Nu-Trine and CR1 bait from CR Baits. Meanwhile, Sonik Sports have the Xtractor rod and reel for you to use. The Xtractor reel is brand new to the market so try it first in this equipment pack! Finally, give your character a new look with clothing from Wofte along with exclusive Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour clothing. With so many quality items in one great value pack, buy the Tackle Box Equipment Pack and start beating your PBs! Get your copy of the Tackle Box Equipment Pack now: Xbox One [https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/fishing-sim-world-pro-tour-tackle-box-equipment-pack/bnkbcxtzf511?activetab=pivot:overviewtab] PlayStation 4 Europe [https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP2866-CUSA12376_00-FISHINGTACKLEBOX?emcid=pa-st-165932] PlayStation 4 US [https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3004-CUSA12494_00-FISHINGTACKLEBOX] Steam [https://store.steampowered.com/app/1030563] Dovetail Store [https://store.dovetailgames.com/ref/1030563]
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What is the Tournament Bass Pack
The Tournament Bass Pack is the newest two-lake pack to be released for Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour. Follow in the footsteps of many famous anglers as you try to locate the trophy bass on renowned tournament venues Lake Seminole and Lake Jordan. Along with the two exceptional lakes it will also add 12 new tournaments to the Bass and Predator tours in your Career Mode! Lake Jordan is situated in Chatham County, North Carolina and is a man-made reservoir. In the Tournament Bass Pack we will be recreating the New Hope River section of the lake. A fixture on the Major League Fishing Bass Pro tour, this picturesque landscape may look idyllic but catching the biggest fish from its depths is no easy task. Largemouth bass go to over 14lbs and With islands to explore, shorelines dotted with fallen trees and submerged structure, the challenges this pack brings are high, but the rewards are huge! Lake Seminole, located on the Georgia-Florida border, has a climate that is ideal for largemouth bass to grow huge with a current record of 16lb 4oz. A popular venue on the Fishing League Worldwide tour with winners here including career mode angler Brian Latimer. This beautiful venue boasts longnose gar in excess of 30lb and huge channel over 44lbs! The Tournament Bass Pack is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC! Xbox One [https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/fishing-sim-world-pro-tour-tournament-bass-pack/bp9f60fbnt6b?activetab=pivot:overviewtab] PlayStation 4 Europe [https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP2866-CUSA12376_00-FSWCHAMPIONBASS1] PlayStation 4 US [https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3004-CUSA12494_00-FSWCHAMPIONBASS1] Steam [https://store.steampowered.com/app/1030560/Fishing_Sim_World_Pro_Tour__Tournament_Bass_Pack/] Dovetail Store [https://store.dovetailgames.com/ref/1030560]
a year ago
How We Make Pike
In this article we speak to Pete Rabczuk our character artist about what goes into making pike, muskie, tiger muskie and chain pickerel. We start by doing as much research into the species as possible. We use the internet extensively to conduct research, ranging from shapes and sizes of fish, pattern variations, colour variations, where they like to be within a lake, what lures/baits they like etc. This all informs the creation of the fish, both artistically and in the game design. We also try to get out and experience the species in question in real life if we can, this helps us to create something as authentic as possible. We were lucky enough to go on a research trip with an expert lure angler, Phil Medhurst, to try to catch different predators in the Royal Military Canal and also use his expertise to help design the fish. A small team also went on a research trip to the US fishing for bass but also included catching some chain pickerel. When creating a new species of fish, we start off by creating a basic mesh for the species which has all the necessary topology for deformation and movement of the fish. This is the base on which we sculpt all of the high resolution details. The next process is to start sculpting the fish to produce a high polygon model. We do this using ZBrush (software), which simulates real world sculpting digitally. At this point, the fish is in the millions of polygons and wouldn’t work in the engine (Unreal Engine 4) so we down-res the mesh to a more manageable polycount – this is known as retopology. The next process is to UV unwrap the model, which is making it ready for texturing before it is baked. Once the baking has taken place, we use a piece of software called Substance Painter which allows us to create colour variations of the pike and chain pickerel. Masks are also created to add random patterns onto the body of the fish. Scales are then added within UE4. It is then time to start rigging and we have a rig for the fish that we adjust for the different species. Once the species has been rigged, it is skinned to make it ready for animation – the joints on the rig are animated which deforms the geometry via the skin weights. Making the fish swim and move in the water. At this stage it is ready to be sent to the animator, Will Dewe, who gets it ready to be submitted into the game engine. Once submitted, materials are created which allow us to manipulate the colour, scales and patterns of the fish. We create blendshapes in Maya for different varieties of fish in terms of length / weight / features, such as long tails to ensure that every fish in the lake is different and it’s hard to catch the same fish twice. The final stage is to test all of this in the engine, and set up weight curves so that the game knows how much each size/blendshape should weigh, before bringing the final animations into the engine, completing the process!
a year ago
Community Response Update Out Now
Hi all, Thank you for all your amazing feedback so far since the launch of Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour. Our Community Response Update is our first update since the release of Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour and aims to address some of the most commonly reported issues we have had so far including adding unlimited time back in to multiplayer, fixing the area of Lake Miller with no water and the items from the equipment pack not displaying correctly. Here's the full list of issues that we have fixed with this update: * Unlimited session length added in Multiplayer * Section of Lake Miller with no water * Owned equipment appears at the top of the list in the default sort * Named Trophy fish weight not being tracked under species best weight * Character wearing double hat during when wearing career outfit in other game modes * TP displayed does not decrease when purchasing * Bollies in equipment pack cannot be used in the Throwing Stick or Spod rod * End of Career Mode event - Player profile image not displaying on screen * Event Calendar end of season - UI prompts missing from multiple screens * DFL series leaderboards were showing global scores * Lake Dylan offline bass tournament - The offline tournaments based at Lake Dylan "Minnesota Mega Bass" all appear to take the player into a free flying camera option and do not display the opening cinematic, causing player to restart the game * Career mode event, restart round - Pressing restart button after already restarting the round appears to keep reloading the title card, can cause cut scene to break and prevent gameplay * Various crash fixes
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