Fishing is one of these weirdly ubiquitous RPG techniques. Nobody picks an MMO based mostly on how good its fishing ability is, and no one complains when a brand new MMO launches with no fish to catch. Yet, with the launch of End of Dragons, all of the “big five” MMORPGs can have it, and numerous different MMORPGs, single-player RPGs, and the whole lot in between have it in some type as effectively. It’s one of these issues that you’ll both love or just about ignore, however both approach, it’s coming to Guild Wars 2.
ArenaNet’s devs just lately took to the waters of Seitung Harbor on stream to point out off fishing and its companion participant boating system, skiffs. I respect that fishing isn’t simply about gazing your bobber till it bobs, then merely clicking a button to place a fish into your stock. My favourite fishing techniques have at all times been ones with some quantity of problem to them, ones that simulate reeling the fish in slowly and steadily with out shedding it. Sure, it’s much more work than another sort of useful resource gathering, however hopefully the additional work can be price our whereas.
We acquired a full take a look at each the mastery line for fishing and the mastery line for skiffs on this stream. The fishing line (no pun supposed) consists of Fishing Hole Master, which rewards you for fishing particularly at fishing holes; Angler Sense, which pings close by fishing scorching spots; Fishing on a Full Tank, which buffs fishing whereas a meals buff is energetic; Master Caster, which will increase the vary you’ll be able to forged your line; and Local Legend, which unlocks “exclusive selections” from fishmongers and fishing retailers. Skiff masteries embrace Full Throttle, which will increase your skiff’s pace; Depth Charge, which CCs enemies which will attempt to assault you from the water; Speed Boost, which unlocks — you guessed it — a pace enhance on your skiff, which could be recharged by your passengers after they do emotes whereas using; Fishing Party, which supplies fishing buffs for fishing in a celebration; and lastly Reinforced Hull, which will increase your skiff’s HP. Most of these masteries are fairly predictable, however I believe just a few of them stand out.
I, together with most GW2 gamers, have been questioning how precisely skiffs could be totally different from the skimmer mount that got here with Path of Fire. They’re each water-based “mounts,” so it appears a bit redundant. One has to marvel if early planning for skiffs supplied some of the motivation behind permitting the use of skimmers underwater — an replace which seemingly got here out of nowhere final yr — simply to provide them a bit differentiation. Skiffs, of course, have 5 seats, so they assist maintain your celebration collectively when touring. Skiffs even have extra well being than the skimmer; skimmers have 8892 well being, whereas the dev stream confirmed the skiff’s well being at 11,525 (little doubt with the Reinforced Hull mastery energetic). Perhaps most noteworthy is that skiffs look loads simpler to steer than the slippery skimmer, and their pace throttles up and down fairly than shifting at a continuing excessive pace. I want the stream had included a race between the skiff and a skimmer so we might have a greater thought of the skiff’s pace, ideally with and with out the pace enhance powered by passengers’ emotes, however that didn’t occur. The variations between the skiff and the skimmer aren’t enormous, however there they’re.
I might identical to to say how good I believe it’s that ArenaNet selected to reward gamers for fishing in teams. Fishing might simply be an isolating, single-player expertise, however, whilst you’re completely free to fish by yourself, Guild Wars 2’s designers needed to make fishing simpler and extra rewarding whenever you select to do it in a gaggle. Not solely do skiffs enable your celebration to maneuver from fishing gap to fishing gap collectively with out anybody getting misplaced, however the Fishing Party buff provides you elevated fishing energy for every catch any member of your celebration will get whenever you fish collectively on the identical skiff. Sure, it’s not mind-blowing, it’s not going to promote expansions based mostly on this alone, however it’s simply such a Guild Wars 2 twist to placed on it.
While the Guild Chat stream was informative, there are nonetheless a quantity of unknowns surrounding fishing. First and most likely most significantly, we nonetheless don’t know what precisely fish are used for. A enjoyable fishing system is nice, but when it’s not rewarding, then what’s the purpose? The devs demonstrated fileting fish, so presumably these fish filets can be used for cooking, however no particulars got on what these recipes would seem like (or how they might differ from the already wide range of current cooking recipes). There was some point out of fishmonger NPCs that we might commerce fish with. I wish to think about buying and selling fish for minis, tonics, skins, and different cosmetics, however there have been no specifics given, so I suppose we will simply have to attend to seek out out.
The devs showcased a pair of assortment achievements related to discovering all of the distinctive fish in every area of the sport (with some splendidly punny names like Lornar’s Bass and Beacon’s Perch), however glossed over the achievement rewards, saying that they weren’t prepared to speak about that but.
Fishing is nothing new for an MMORPG, and boats aren’t something to jot down dwelling about both, however, whether or not you personally need to interact in it or not, I believe it’s secure to say that ArenaNet has carried out an excellent job designing one of the extra attention-grabbing fishing techniques we’ve seen in MMOs, that’s cleverly designed to deliver individuals collectively fairly than unfold them out. There are nonetheless some looming questions, however I’m guessing we will get to check these new options in a single of the upcoming betas, or if not, we will know quickly sufficient when End of Dragons launches this February!