BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Today the long-awaited sportfishing simulator Bassmaster Fishing 2022 launched with exciting multiplayer cross-play, Bassmaster Royale mode and even a career path leading players from college competition all the way to the Bassmaster Classic.

    No matter the weather outside, any day is the perfect day to experience the most authentic bass fishing experience possible without being out on the water. Players can jump in a custom-wrapped boat and enjoy the game as either a unique character they create or one of 10 Elite Series anglers, including two-time Bassmaster Classic champion Hank Cherry or ultrapopular Elite Series pro Scott Martin. From the placid, largemouth bass-filled waters of Chickamauga Lake to the St. Johns River, the longest river in Florida, the eight in-game venues have been recreated to mirror their real-world counterparts.

    “Working directly with Bassmaster and many of the best anglers in the world has allowed us to take the simulation in Bassmaster Fishing 2022 and deliver the most authentic bass angling experience to date,” said Dovetail Games CEO Jon Rissik. “We hope that we can help foster a new generation of anglers who find a lifelong love of fishing, both in-game and in real life, and look forward to working with our fantastic community as we grow and expand the game after launch.”

    Players will begin their careers in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, mirroring where many professional bass anglers got their start, working through the Bassmaster Opens, Elite Series events and eventually earning a coveted spot in the iconic Bassmaster Classic. Throughout Career Mode, players will master the tools of the trade, from different rods, lures and reels, to learning where bass tend to congregate in different waters and practicing their perfect casts as they hook bigger and bigger bass. Players can also unlock and upgrade additional gear and boats as they progress.

    Multiplayer modes include Freedom Fishing, perfect for relaxing with friends online, and the competitive Bassmaster Royale mode. The Bassmaster Royale game mode challenges anglers to be the last player fishing, competing together against the clock and challenging anglers to keep the weight of their catches above other competitors. Smart angling, location choices and strategic use of the brand-new underwater camera will be necessary to avoid being eliminated as the competition heats up.

    Developed and published by Dovetail Games, Bassmaster Fishing 2022, the Official Video Game, is now available on the PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Xbox Game Pass, and Windows PC via Steam.

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