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  1. When we set out to create the ocean map, we weren't aiming to just add a new location in Fishing Planet. Our ambition was to go big. We wanted players to feel like they were stepping into a whole new world, with endless possibilities and giant fish waiting to be caught. But let us tell you, turning that dream into reality wasn't easy. In fact, sometimes we joke that it would have been faster and easier to build a whole new game from scratch! And that joke is actually not too far from reality. Now, after months of hard work, we're getting closer to the finish line, and it's been quite the journey. Today we're excited to present a new addition to our DevDiary series for you to take a closer look at the location and some of the new features accompanying it. Sit back and enjoy! Discovering the immensity You already know that the new location is going to be massive. We've discussed its size in previous DevDiaries — it's set to span 20 by 20 km, totaling 400 square kilometers, or roughly 40,000 hectares, which is almost 100,000 acres. To give you a sense of scale, we previously attempted to estimate these dimensions by comparing them to all our other Fishing Planet locations combined and multiplied at least by twenty. Now, however, you can see for yourself with the following image. Take a peek at all of our locations gathered in the upper left corner. We're confident you'll recognize some of your favorite maps by their outlines. Now, let's zoom in for a closer look in the picture below. We've highlighted the Mudwater River for you with a red square so you can see it up close and truly grasp the enormity of the new map. Remember, when it comes to fishing, it's the size of the water surface that matters, so disregard the green areas on the maps. Take a moment to appreciate just how much blue there is on the new map, showcasing the vastness of the saltwater waiting for you at the Kaiji No Ri location. Ocean water: mastering the waves When it comes to video games, graphics play a crucial role, particularly in simulators. In Fishing Planet, water constitutes 90% of our graphics. Water is an incredibly complex element, like nothing else in the real world. Freshwater and saltwater have distinctly different physics, appearance, and behaviors. This is one of the reasons why crafting a saltwater location felt close to developing an entirely new game – we had to build 90% of the graphics from scratch. We're proud to say that we like the outcome of our efforts. We've created different water shapes and technologies for various platforms - mobile, consoles, and PC. It actually consists of three different types of water, which are significantly different in terms of calculations, although they may appear the same. Some of them were created using the Gerstner wave formula, while others utilized FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) and tessellation technology to ensure the most realistic approach. Calculating buoyancy was a challenging task given the variety of water technologies involved, but we've managed to do it. The appearance of the water also varies significantly depending on the weather and time of day, yet it maintains its stunning and remarkably realistic quality, whether it's day or night, sunny or cloudy. The ocean isn't always serene; sometimes, storms brew, and waves grow sharp and tumultuous. For such occasions, we've developed a special water dynamic. And let us tell you, this one's our favorite! No kidding, the ocean turned out so realistic that after our first trips, some of us even felt a bit dizzy! The water you see in the videos above isn't the final version yet. We're still refining and enhancing small details to make it look as realistic as possible. It's also important to mention that optimizing such an expansive water mass is crucial to ensure all players can enjoy it across various platforms and devices. Therefore, our developers pay special attention to it. Control panel and devices If you've checked out the Fish Species Guide for our upcoming location, you already know that the majority of fish species in this area are highly migratory, covering many kilometers each day. With such vast movements influenced by natural factors like weather, wind, time of day, and depth, it will take anglers quite some time to study fish behavior. But fear not! We've got you covered. Introducing brand new Echo Sounders and Fish Finders installed on all saltwater boats, along with a comprehensive GPS navigator map built right into the boats themselves, ensuring convenience for all the anglers. As you can see in the videos, the depth varies significantly. With the Echo Sounder, you'll have visibility of the depth and bottom relief beneath the boat, and different depth zones can be identified on both the Fish Finder and the GPS navigator. The Echo Sounder will display fish directly beneath your boat, while the Fish Finder will detect fish in a wider radius around your location. The Fish Finder also displays fish across different layers - upper, middle, and bottom - helping you determine the most suitable tackle to use. Indeed, certain spots on the map are teeming with fish, tempting you to cast your rods non-stop! Sea Life Simulation System Another addition tailored specifically for the saltwater location is the Sea Life Simulation System. Mirroring real-life phenomena, when tuna schools pursue smaller fish, they drive them towards the surface, attracting flocks of seagulls eager to snatch their share. Fishing in these spots promises excitement, with tuna leaping out of the water just as they do in reality! We’ve made sure to provide anglers with clues on locating bottom-dwelling fish on the map. While they won't be leaping out of the water like tuna, there will be other indicators of where to find them in the location. These hints are left for you to discover, when the map is released. Navigation Buoys We mentioned earlier the GPS navigation built into the boats, but there will also be already familiar to you Tablet with the map and other useful features. Given the vast size of the location, traveling from one end to the other can take quite some time. To simplify navigation, we've created the Navigation Buoys for saltwater locations. These special buoys allow you to mark your favorite spots and teleport directly to them, streamlining your journey. Setting a Navigation buoy is simple: travel to the desired location, open the map, and click the plus button. The buoy will mark the spot instantly. If you wish to travel to any of your Navigation Buoys, simply click on it and hit the button. You'll be instantly transported right there! But Navigation Buoys don’t only exist on the Tablet navigation map, they are real objects in the water. You will be able to see them when you are passing by. At night Navigation Buoys illuminate with red light, making them visible from afar. You can also enjoy the sight of stars in the night sky, with the lighthouse and port lanterns adding to the ambiance. These features take extra time, but it was important for us to create a cozy atmosphere for nighttime fishing. Picture yourself stepping onto that boat in the hazy dawn, starting the engine, and gliding slowly and silently out of the marina. Then, as you gain momentum, you cut through the waves and venture into the vast open ocean! We appreciate how much you're looking forward to this update, and we're working tirelessly to bring it to life. It is crucial for us to ensure that the experience you have in this location is everything we envisioned for you and we thank you for holding tight until it’s released. Keep an eye out for the next DevDiary, where we'll delve into the details of saltwater tackles and gear. Until then, tight lines, and enjoy your fishing adventures! P.S. Just a little treat for you We know you've always wanted to approach those yachts and ships that you can see in the distance at various locations in the game, and at Kaiji No Ri, you'll finally have the chance! For example, there will be Cruise Ships in Japan. You can sail to one, take a close look from all angles, sail alongside it and… …even crash into it! We know you wanted to try it! Have fun! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Follow us on social media to stay tuned and be in touch with our lovely community: Discord Facebook Group Steam Community Read previous DevDiaries on the ocean update: DevDiary: Fishing Together DevDiary: Kaiji No Ri Fish Species Guide You are always welcome to ask for help in our support: support@fishingplanet.com *All visual content in this DevDiary is crafted to showcase the upcoming features; however, there may be slight differences upon the actual release of the update
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  2. Hey Anglers, The most expected release note in the Fishing Planet’s history has arrived. Let’s go! Here is what’s new: Kaiji No Ri, Japan New map with an enormous 400 sq km (almost 100,000 acres) of ocean, home to 18 dynamically moving fish species, including Bluefin Tuna, Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, plus Bigfin Reef Squid, among others. Accessible to players at level 83, with a new maximum level cap raised to 90, this expansive location offers a wealth of new challenges and opportunities. As customary in Fishing Planet, players of lower levels can unlock access to the map by purchasing a DLC pack with a pond pass for 30 and even 60 days. This time, we're offering two DLC packs, providing you with greater flexibility and convenience in choosing their preferred option! Ocean water simulation As a standout feature that deserves extra attention, incredibly lifelike ocean water simulation, complete with various types of waves, including intense storms. The ocean's appearance will dynamically change based on weather conditions and wind patterns, offering a truly captivating experience. Immerse yourself further with realistic sounds of birds, wind, and water splashes, enhancing the authenticity of your ocean adventure. Sea Life Simulation System Featuring dynamic zones that highlight schools of predatory fish near the water's surface, birds actively hunting for bait fish, and pods of dolphins and majestic blue whales gracefully navigating the ocean depths. Immerse yourself further with additional elements such as cruise liners, regattas, and trawler boats, creating a vibrant and lifelike maritime environment that dynamically changes depending on the time of the day and weather. Fishing Together Now, you can enjoy fishing with 2, 3, or 4 players on the same boat, depending on your chosen vessel. Invite your fellow anglers for a fishing party, and even let them take the wheel if you fancy. Plus, you'll earn an additional XP bonus for Fishing Together! The more anglers you have onboard, the higher the bonus for each of you. And if you're all clubmates, you'll also receive the club room XP bonus. Fishing Together also implies that the players share common fishing conditions: common bite rate, weather, and time for all participants. Dive into an exclusive series of group missions and achievements, tailored specifically for Fishing Together, a first in Fishing Planet! Brand new fishing yachts for ocean fishing All the new boats are compatible for Fishing Together sessions. Rent a boat for two players using in-game credits, or opt for the Scutum™ and Volans™ Fishing Yachts accommodating 3 and 4 players respectively, available in DLC packs. All boats feature two rod holders for each player, allowing one more additional rod in hands. There’s no longer a need for a keepnet when fishing on a boat, as all boats are now equipped with ample built-in fish storage. Equipped with state-of-the-art FishFinders 360™, these vessels detect fish across surface, mid, and bottom water layers. Navigate with precision using the new Detailed Navigation Map, Echo Sounder, Compass, and Speedometer panel. In addition to the boat control panel equipment Players get new Tablet software that will have not only usual tools such as already familiar to players marker buoys, but also new Navigation buoys, and additional Tabs with Echo Sounder and Fish Finder 360™, which will become available after players complete special Maintenance Adventures missions. Navigation buoys New special buoys, available on the new location, used to mark your favorite fishing spots and teleport among them for fast and easy exploration of such a vast location. Over 500 new saltwater items Over 500 new saltwater items are now available in local and global shops! These additions include delicious fresh baits like spiny lobsters, flying squid, gutted fish, and innovative saltwater lures such as pilkers, plugs, squid jigs, bucktails, trolling octopuses, and teasers like squid chains. Equip yourself with the latest super powerful saltwater gear, designed to reel in massive ocean fish weighing over 270 kg (almost 600 lb)! There is a new addition to the Global shop: the Saltwater Tackle section, featuring all the saltwater items. For your convenience, these items are included in all the shop's dropdown menus. Special high-performance saltwater equipment was added to the Premium Shop as well. As mentioned above, two Ocean DLC packs are now available for purchase Players can choose between two fishing yachts that hold 3 or 4 players for Fishing Together. Both packs include powerful gear, multiple baits and lures, additional storage slots, and tackle wagons for up to 300 tackles. The Japan Odyssey Pack offers a larger four-seater boat, a 60-day pond pass with an advanced license, and more marker and navigation buoys. Steam EpicGames The Ocean Voyager Pack provides a smaller boat for three players, a 30-day pond pass with an advanced license, and marker and navigation buoys. Both packs allow players to bring friends and have all the necessary items for saltwater fishing. Choose the one that best suits your needs. Steam EpicGames Saltwater trolling Fishing technique used in the ocean where one or more fishing lines, baited with lures or baitfish, are drawn through the water behind a moving boat. This method targets various saltwater species, including larger pelagic fish like tuna, marlin, etc. which are known to chase moving prey. Saltwater trolling is a dynamic and exciting way to fish, offering anglers the opportunity to cover large areas of water and target a variety of species in different oceanic conditions. Free spool mechanics Which will enhance your fishing experience, especially for bottom fishing at great depths. This feature is available on all reels in the game, whether for saltwater or freshwater fishing. It allows for precise control of your line, enabling free immersion of lures or sinkers to significant depths with an open spool and securing the line at the desired depth with a closed spool. This added functionality offers greater accuracy, especially when the bottom topography is unknown and considering the fact that the depth of the ocean will be more than 100 meters at many spots, making it easier to target specific depths and fish species. Completely revamped the Pull-and-Reel mechanics system Provide a more immersive and realistic fishing experience, mirroring the dynamics of ocean fishing. Expect fish fights to be more challenging but also more rewarding, as they replicate the true struggle of reeling in massive ocean catches. Gaff Gaff animation for the retrieval and retention of large ocean fish. New Competitive Activities and Rewards 4 new Kaiji No Ri competitions, 11 achievements, 20 new exclusive saltwater X-series items. Dozens of new missions Including exclusive Fishing Together missions that can be accomplished only with other anglers on the same boats, and Maintenance Adventures to improve the equipment you use on your Tablet as s reward. New anti-cheating solution We are dedicated to providing a fair and enjoyable gaming experience for everyone. To combat cheating and ensure a level playing field, we integrated the Denuvo Anti-Cheat system for Steam and Epic Games Store players. This decision highlights our commitment to maintaining the integrity of our game and protecting our community from unfair practices. You can find out more about it here: https://fishingplanet.com/pc/Denuvo.htm A small but nice new addition: meet the very first NPC in the game The marina administrator, who works tirelessly from early morning until late night, ensures the port runs smoothly and loves cats. He might need your assistance with calibrating new navigation tools. When you spot him, don't hesitate to approach and ask if he requires any help. You will also have a chance to deliver some treats to the kitty-cats on the pier. Reel of Fortune After many player requests, The Reel of Fortune is finally available on Steam and Epic Games! Time forwarding cooldown has been added during nighttime The day cooldown was originally implemented when night fishing wasn't part of the game, the night cooldown became necessary later on. Considering the numerous fish species in the ocean actively biting during both day and night, adding the night cooldown was essential with this update. An important thing to note is that there won’t be any cooldown for forwarding time to the next morning when selling fish. Changes in deterministic user-generated competitions As requested by players, there will be less randomness. The weather and bite rates now match real conditions on the waterways, meaning dedicated training will give you a better chance to win, making the process more fair and rewarding. New start screen While the game loads, you'll now see a stunning 3D ocean scene featuring boats, birds, dolphins, and a whale breaching the water. New settings options Players can now adjust the volume of boat sounds and regulate water quality with more precision. Numerous bug fixes and enhancements Have been implemented, including updates to the reel damage system and drag behavior to eliminate exploits related to the "unbreakable setup”. We’ve also implemented a new wear system for tackles: freshwater items will wear out faster in ocean water, just as they do in real life. As the bugfix list is very long, we suggest reading it in a different article HERE. We're thrilled to announce the completion of this monumental update and extend our gratitude to all of you for your patience during its development. We eagerly await your feedback and wish you an incredible experience out on the ocean! __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Follow us on social media to stay tuned and be in touch with our lovely community: Discord Facebook Group Steam Community Read previous DevDiaries on the ocean update: DevDiary: Fishing Together DevDiary: Kaiji No Ri Fish Species Guide DevDiary: Exploring Kaiji No Ri DevDiary: Introducing Ocean Tackles
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  3. Hey Anglers, This is the BugFix Release Note for the Ocean Update. You can read the main part of this Release Note here: Fixed an issue where fish could not be picked up with 2 meters of line left (when the net is disabled). Redesigned the Mission Tab in the UI. Redesigned the Product Details Window for gamepad users. Fixed the water appearance near the shores of the Congo location. Redesigned the Send Gift window to correctly display the quantity of items you want to send versus the quantity you have. Fixed the issue with rod stands that weren’t supposed to be used on wooden surfaces. Ensured the standard scroll is used everywhere it is needed in the UI. Fixed an issue where the A button on gamepads couldn't confirm friend requests in the Friends List. Added a Decline button when sending friend requests to other players in the Friends List. Fixed an issue where the sun would shine through walls on Blue Crab. Corrected floating bushes above the ground on Lone Star. Resolved an issue with the twitching indicator in 3D on the retrieval indicator. Fixed an issue where the rod couldn't be retrieved using the R key on kayaks and allowed a return to paddling mode. Fixed a bug not showing the character's shadow in third-person view. Fixed a bug where the quantity of bait issued during St. Patrick 2023 did not match the amount shown in the mission window. Added new tackle setup and equipment to UGC advanced rules. Expanded the Storage window in the UI. Aligned the Premium block in the Trip Result Window redesign. Removed the close button from the reward pop-up window in the Mission Tab when a gamepad is connected. Added the ability to clean up old friend requests when a player is unignored. Updated the Mission Accomplished window design. Restored textures on the Club-Series Pegasus™ Bass Boat. Fixed the visibility of the float in photo mode when showing fish under 1kg. Enabled automatic rejoining after a competition reconnect. Many other minor bug fixes and UI re-designs. Enjoy the improved experience and tight lines!
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  4. Do we have a mobile release date?
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  5. That'll depend on Sony and Microsoft, they'll follow their usual change management procedures and then release the update. Can sometimes take up to 3 weeks for Sony and another week after that for Microsoft.
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  6. Hey, dear angling community! We work hard to provide you the best game experience and try to solve all of your problems promptly. In case you encountered an issue please shoot an e-mail to support@fishingplanet.com. As well you can contact the Support team directly in the game, SETTINGS tab, SUPPORT section. Please make sure to include the following info when contacting the support team by e-mail: Username Platform (PS4, Steam) Date when the issue was encountered Problem description In-game equipment settings (if you experience any technical issues with rods, lures etc) If the game crashed on PC send to support@fishingplanet.com a Player log file (c:\Users\[username]\AppData\LocalLow\Fishing Planet LLC\Fishing Planet\Player.txt) This will help us provide more fast and efficient support to all of you. Please note, that at the moment our support team works only with English. Thanks and tight lines!
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